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Drugs and drug paraphernalia policy
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Policy overview

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

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

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.

What are the guidelines?



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  • Listings for ephedra-free products must state that the item doesn't contain any ephedra. The listing needs to include photos that show that the item is ephedra-free.

  • Personal testimonials are allowed (for example, "I used this, and it reduced my back pain."). However, sellers can't guarantee that the results will be the same for everyone.

  • Poppy seeds can be listed as long as the listing doesn't mention any illegal usages.

  • Live plants can be listed unless the item is a controlled substance or if the listing includes information about illegal use. Sellers also can't state that the item shouldn't be used illegally.

  • Morel and shiitake mushrooms, including wild varieties, can be listed as long as the listing follows our food policy.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • 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.)

  • Items that may not require a prescription, but are only available for sale through a licensed physician



  • Tobacco pipes made from wood, ceramic, or stone as long as you don't refer to it being used for illegal drugs

  • Milk glass pipes

  • Regular cigarette papers

  • Kitchen herb grinders



  • Disposable syringes can be listed, but needles can't be included in the same listing or in a separate listing from the same seller.

  • Collectible antique glass syringes and needles can be listed as long as the seller clearly states in the listing that the item is collectible and not intended for use.

  • These items can be listed as long as the listing doesn't indicate that the item is drug related or can be used with an illicit drug:

    • Hookahs

    • Incense

    • Snuff bullets

  • Peace pipes can be listed. However, authentic Native American peace pipes must also follow our Native American arts and crafts policy.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Any item or listing marketed as for use with illegal substances

  • Pipes made from metal, acrylic, glass, plastic, or ivory

  • Water pipes, chamber pipes, carburetor pipes, electric pipes, ice pipes, bongs, chillums

  • Dugout pipes and one-hitters

  • Pipes described as being used to smoke peyote or opium, regardless of age

  • Wired cigarette papers

  • Vaporizers intended to be used with alcohol or illegal substances

  • Complete disposable syringes and needles

Additional information

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


  • 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.

Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) ban: For more information about specific substances covered by this law, see 21 U.S.C. 812

Why does eBay have this policy?

We urge our buyers and sellers buyers 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.

Contact Customer Support
You can contact Customer Support to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
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