Instagram and the Ban of Drug-Related Posts | Banyan Treatment Center

Instagram and the Ban of Drug-Related Posts


Instagram is a powerhouse app, with over 500 million active daily users [1]. That’s a lot of people all interacting with one another, and unfortunately, content can become damaging.

Social media and addiction are far too connected, and as Instagram has been increasing its censorship of content, the connection is weakening. The social media platform is now banning hashtags for drug-related content in an attempt to prevent prevalence of drug use and even sales through its platform [2]. At Banyan Treatment Centers, we support these efforts of removing drug-related content from social media. It is a step in the right direction, though further addiction treatment is needed to help people fully find sobriety.

Instagram’s Influence on Addiction

Social media has found its way into many aspects of our lives, and sadly, Instagram’s influence is growing. Many people even buy and sell items through Instagram – including drugs. The platform’s removal of drug-related hashtags stops the sale of these drugs through its platform [2], helping to prevent the worsening of addiction. Hashtags such as #fentanyl, #opiates, and #ketamine no longer produce posts, helping to keep users from finding drugs through the platform.

In addition to banning these tags, Instagram is also making it easier for users to flag inappropriate content, such as content related to drugs or sales. This will hopefully lessen the link between social media and addiction, making the platform a safer, more sober space.

Treating Addiction

Putting an end to drug-related posts on Instagram is a step in the right direction to fight the growth of addiction in the country. Those who are struggling with addiction need professional help from a drug addiction treatment center, such as our family of facilities at Banyan Treatment Centers.

Contact us today at 888-280-4763 to learn about how we can help you or someone you love to get sober.


  1. CNBC - Instagram says it now has 800 million users
  2. Local 10 News - Instagram cracks down on drug-related posts
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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