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I-TEAM investigator Jennifer Waugh cracks the drug code that is making it easier for drug dealers to reach your children. (WJXT)

Friendly emojis. Dangerous meanings.

You see them in text messages mostly. You’ve definitely encountered them in our newsletters. Emojis were designed to help us communicate easier while providing a little bit of light humor.

Now, they’re being used by drug dealers to make it easier for them to put potentially dangerous chemicals into your child’s hands.

I-TEAM investigator, Jennifer Waugh, spoke with a local mom and law enforcement about the code that dealers and customers are using to turn text messages and social media posts into the new-age street corner.

Cracking the Code Thursday at 5pm

Jen uncovered the secret language trying to keep parents in the dark. That local mom even told her about a video that she found on her son’s phone. “In between an ad for a great outfit is an ad for a pill that is laced with fentanyl,” she said.

Jen’s report will air Thursday on News4JAX starting at 5:30 p.m. She’ll show you several emojis that are really targeting one specific kind of drug. We wanted you to know the other signs to look for. Take our Insider ‘Cracking the Code’ quiz below to see if you could figure out what those mysterious emojis mean in your kid’s conversations.

About the Authors:

Jennifer, who anchors The Morning Shows and is part of the I-TEAM, loves working in her hometown of Jacksonville.