David McKinley grilled Mark Zuckerberg about opioid sales on Facebook, implying that the platform is very much part of the country’s prescription drug problem.
The representative asked the Facebook CEO, “Should Facebook enable illegal online pharmacies to sell drugs such as oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin without a prescription?”
After Zuckerberg said no, McKinley explained how there are reportedly 30,000 online pharmacies operating, about 96% of which are operating illegally according to the FDA, and that “the internet firms simply aren’t taking steps to find and remove these illegal opioid listings,” with specific reference to Facebook.
In his opening statement, Zuckerberg explained that it’s not enough to give people a voice on Facebook, and that measures need to be taken to make sure people can’t hurt one another. But, with the opioid epidemic reaching critical levels in the United States, many think that not enough is being done to keep substances out of the hands of abusers.
In reference to this problem, McKinley pointed a finger directly at Facebook, stating, “Your platform is still being used to circumvent the law, and allow people to buy highly addictive drugs without a prescription. With all due respect, Facebook is enabling an illegal activity and, in so doing, you are hurting people.”