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Social networks aggravate drug trafficking and use

Social networks aggravate drug trafficking and use

Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The way in which digital social networking platforms work aggravates drug trafficking and consumption, according to a publication from the Ministry of Interior of Cuba (Minint).

It noted that social networks with a large number of users, such as Facebook, are increasingly used as a tool to promote the consumption of substances for non-medical purposes.

The most recent report of the International Narcotics Control Board highlighted that young people are the age group with the highest rates of drug consumption worldwide, and that these Internet communication channels offer new opportunities to buy illicit substances.

The publication on the Minint website emphasized that the illegal traffic of these chemical substances and their abuse is a global phenomenon that threatens international security, and no country can escape from it.

Meanwhile, a research work by the American Psychological Association noted that the almost addictive use of social networks activates chemical substances in the brain that are the same regions associated with addiction to illegal substances.

The document pointed out that the United States is the main market for drug consumption, it has the highest number of overdose deaths in its history, with more than 100,000 deaths between April 2020 and April 2021, most of them due to the so-called opioid epidemic.

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