Twitter and Instagram have been criticized for not having to remove posts advertising Xanax by a MEMBER of parliament who has raised concerns about drugs in Parliament.
It is established that the anti-anxiety medication is increasingly being used for recreational purposes by young people, some of whom need treatment at the hospital.
Xanax manufacturer Pfizer has warned that anyone buying it via the social media sites will only be the purchase of counterfeits.
Twitter and Instagram did not respond to a request for comment.
Bambos Charalambous, Labour MP for Enfield Southgate in London, said: “I am very concerned that the accounts are still up after being reported.
“I think that social media, companies need to do more and more quickly into action to put an end to these merchants for the sale of Xanax online”.
In January, Mr Charalambous told the house of Commons about the 14-year-old daughter of a constituent who has finished in the temporary increase of the family home and has been expelled from the school because of her use of Xanax.
The BBC has revealed that while Facebook has been quick to take down the posts of the advertising and promotion of Xanax, Twitter did not delete all of 16 posts and pages reported in the context of this investigation until contacted for comment.
Instagram is doing better, taking seven out of every 10 messages received in a period of two weeks, but a post remained active when the BBC approached him for comment.
Testimony of John
Jean, 17 years old, said that he takes Xanax for recreational use as it is easily accessible to the drug and costs only £10 for five pills, although it is expected that these tablets are fake because it is difficult to obtain the original article in the united KINGDOM.
“It takes away your care for a lot of things, a lot of things going around your head, it just takes that away.”
The teenager said that he had first taken the drug with friends, and later, to help him sleep, but it made him forgetful, and make others do things they wouldn’t normally do.
“It is out of hand, I have taken too much of Xanax, forgot how many I took. The next thing I knew I had to go to A&E. I have it in black, I don’t remember anything, really, and I couldn’t really walk properly.”
He said a friend had a crisis as a result of Xanax use.
Xanax is the trade name for the drug alprazolam, which is widely prescribed in the united states for the treatment of anxiety and can be obtained on a private prescription in the UK.
Neville Broad, counterfeiting of the director of laboratory at Pfizer’s research base in Sandwich, in Kent, said the lab was to find pesticides, insecticides, rat poison and lead paint in the tablets it tested.
“The worst-case scenario is death,” he warned, adding that some of the false” were indistinguishable from real products, to the untrained eye”.
A member of the world society for the security team warned that the use of fake Xanax is increasing.
“We are witnessing a rapid development of the market controlled by criminals and organised crime groups,” he says.
“We see that China is a market for active ingredients, and increasingly we see the raw materials, deliveries to the united KINGDOM.”
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He said that criminals were buying pill presses from China, with the production of fake drugs such as Xanax place in great Britain.
“We do see that it is produced in London, and pass on the intelligence and evidence to the police where we were,” he said.
“It is low risk and high profits for the criminals involved.”
He also said that all those who have bought Xanax online without a prescription, would almost certainly be the purchase of counterfeit drugs.
“Pfizer does not produce a red Xanax. Pfizer does the ship in small plastic bags,” he said.
“We’re seeing Xanax announced by the distributors of liquid, powder, sweets, vape or mouthwash.”
A spokesman for the met Police said: “Counterfeit drugs are extremely dangerous and when individuals consume what they can never be certain of what substances they contain.
“When we receive any information to suggest that such offences are conducted in London, we are going to study.”
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