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Using drug names in advertising rehab services?

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Hi, I'm in comms business and one of my client segments are organizations providing substance abuse treatment services. They also occasionally run public information campaigns warning about harmful substances.


I wonder if there are any policy restrictions for terms like 'cannabis' or 'cocaine', considering that the the actual product/service is about cannabis treatment, or a campaign against substance misuse?


I'm aware of that organizations providing health services are supposed to apply for a specific permission to advertise through AdWords.


Anyone with experience with similar stuff?


Thanks in advance!



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September 2015

Re: Using drug names in advertising rehab services?

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Hi @Antti J

Though the  model  of your business is for a good cause, my understanding of  your business is that the content promoted falls  under the category of prohibited content and cannot be advertised.

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Re: Using drug names in advertising rehab services?

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Hi Moshe,

Thanks a lot for getting back. I assume how you define the nature of the content is pretty much a matter of interpretation. However, judging by the fact that drug related searches never show any ads, the thing seems to be like you said.

Too bad, AdWords would make a great tool for reaching out for people interested in different substances.

Thanks again and have a great weekend!