Representatives from social media companies including Twitter, Facebook, Snap and TikTok met with the United States Food and Drug Administration on Thursday to discuss how to reduce the availability of opioids online. 

The day-long event, which took place over Zoom, included academics and law enforcement officials, and was not open to the public or media, focused on how the attendees could be more proactive and collaborative in their approach to identifying drug dealers and organized crime groups marketing opioids or certain “precursor” ingredients used to bulk manufacture opioids such as fentanyl, according to Tim Mackey, an associate professor at the University of California San Diego, who presented at the event. 

Over the last few years, researchers have repeatedly shown that it’s easy to find accounts promoting illegal drug sales on social media platforms, despite most of the platforms having policies prohibiting such…

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