DEA Warns Parents of Emojis Used for Selling and Buying Drugs


SAN ANGELO, TX – Do you know the meaning behind certain emojis? Emojis were originally designed to represent an emotion, event, or activity, but have recently taken on a language or their own.

According to the DEA, Criminal organizations, including drug traffickers, have noticed and are using emojis to buy and sell counterfeit pills and other Illicit drugs on social media and through e-commerce.

This reference guide is intended to give parents, caregivers and influencers a better sense of how this language is being used in conjunction with illegal drugs.

It is important to not, this list is not all-inclusive and the images contained below are a representative sample. Emojis on their own should not be indicative of illegal activity, but coupled with a change in behavior; change in appearance; or significant loss/in-crease in income should be a reason to start an important conversation.

"We understand initiating those conversations can be difficult so we nave resources available at," stated the DEA. 

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