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Drugs and drug paraphernalia policy

You can't list narcotics, steroids, or any other controlled substances on eBay.

Drug paraphernalia can't be listed either – this includes all items designed or intended for use in manufacturing, concealing, or using of a controlled substance.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why are these items prohibited?

As well as wanting to protect our community, the sale of prohibited drugs and drug paraphernalia violates state, federal, and international law, so it's forbidden on eBay.  

What about prescription drugs and tobacco?

Prescription drugs and products containing tobacco are prohibited as well. For information about the sale of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication, see our policy on medical and healthcare products. For information about the sale of tobacco, see our tobacco and smoking accessories policy.

Read our full policy

Drugs and drug paraphernalia policy overview

Narcotics, steroids, and all other controlled substances aren't allowed on eBay.

You also can't list drug paraphernalia, including items designed or primarily intended for use in manufacturing, concealing, or using a controlled substance.

For information about the sale of smoking accessories, see our tobacco and smoking accessories policy.

What are the guidelines?

Drugs and controlled substances

Not allowed Not allowed

You cannot list:

  • Narcotics, steroids and other controlled substances (including any substance listed in Schedules I, II, III, IV or V of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.)

You cannot market products that claim to provide a "legal high".

 

Drug paraphernalia

eBay doesn't allow drug paraphernalia, or items designed or primarily intended for making, concealing, or using a controlled substance.

You can list some smoking accessories not intended for drug use. For guidelines, please refer to our tobacco and smoking accessories policy.

Not allowed Not allowed

You cannot list:

  • Pipes or any item marketed as for use with marijuana or illegal drugs
  • Vaporizers intended to be used with alcohol, marijuana or illegal substances

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

Additional information

For more information, review the sections of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act noted here.

Definitions:

  • Controlled substances include any substance included in Schedules I, II, III, IV or V of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.
  • Drug paraphernalia is defined in 21 U.S.C. 863 - opens in new window or tab .

Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) ban: For more information about specific substances covered by this law, see 21 U.S.C. 812 - opens in new window or tab .

Why does eBay have this policy?

We urge our buyers and sellers to comply with all government regulations. Because the sale of drugs and drug paraphernalia is prohibited by law, regulated, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, we don't allow sellers to list them.

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