This is truly frightening.
With this last year behind us, it seems not much surprises me anymore, but we need to sound the alarm on this one. This is happening in our schools here and now. A friend from Redmond messaged me in a panic that she recently learned about “Plugs” on Snapchat and Instagram. I had never heard of this. Her daughter’s 12-year-old friend used a 'plug' to buy weed in Kirkland. TWELVE. Buying drugs quickly and easily online using social media platforms that don’t have a paper trail. These dealers/fellow students/adults that are selling these products apparently will come to your house or a nearby meeting spot so you don’t have to know how to drive, or even leave the comfort of your pandemic pajamas. Nobody knows what they are REALLY buying and putting in their bodies, not to mention the buyers are often minors 10-15 years old. When I asked my 15yo son if he knew what a ‘plug’ was, he said he did. And so do my friends’ children when they asked. This trend is alive here in Kirkland/Seattle at this very moment.
This video in this UK article is worth watching. https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7j75k/buying-pills-coke-mdma-instagram-snapchat?fbclid=IwAR1-K4L6FNWUT7Sm_nPeCe28TK5NoxVcT2lrHyL7t4xePj77tz4NwvthDkY
How do we as a community help prevent this troublesome trend from escalating? Education, prevention, regulations, let's get this on the radar of every leader and influencer. Many have not even heard of it yet. So pick your jaw up off the floor and let's go.