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Do You Know Latest Slang for Popular Teen Drugs?
As a parent, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and fads popular with your teenage son or daughter. Something is in one day and out the next. It’s enough to make your head spin and you have more important things to concentrate on, right? If you’re talking about the latest pop star, sure, you don’t need to be up to date. However, teens are also changing their allegiances to illegal drugs as well as the names they use for them.
If you have any reason to believe that your teen might be experimenting with drugs, you need to know the latest slang. These terms are always changing, but if you hear your teen or his friends use a word frequently that seems out of context or unusual, it could be a reference to a drug. You can use the Internet to research the strange terms you hear, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse keeps updated information on a variety of popular drugs. Here are some of the terms now in use for drugs that are popular with teens:
- Bath salts. These synthetic drugs are also referred to as designer drugs. They are related to a compound from the khat plant called cathinone, but the exact composition can differ from sample to sample. Slang for bath salts includes meow meow, cloud nine, bloom, ivory wave, scarface, lunar wave, vanilla sky, white lightning and cosmic blast.
- Marijuana. This is the most commonly abused illegal substance by teens, and it goes by so many names that it is impossible to know them all. Many are the names of the particular strain being used, like Acapulco gold, blue dream, bubba kush, Texas tea or the innocent-sounding Girl Scout cookies. Some classic slang terms for any type of marijuana include pot, weed, hash, Mary Jane, grass and reefer. Newer terms include gangster, skunk, sinse and ganja.
- MDMA. This drug, a popular party, rave and concert drug, is most commonly referred to as ecstasy or Molly, but other names include Adam, Eve, lover’s speed, peace, clarity, X, Stacy and E.
- Prescription opioids. Abuse of and addiction to narcotic painkillers is reaching epidemic levels across the U.S., not just for teens but among all age groups. As with marijuana, there are countless names for these. Hydrocodone, or Vicodin, is called Vike or Watson-387. Hydromorphone goes by D, dillies, footballs and juice. Oxycodone is called O.C., percs and oxy. Oxymorphone terms include blue heaven, biscuits, Mrs. O and stop signs. Codeine names include Captain Cody, doors and fours, loads, pancakes and syrup, schoolboy and sizzurp or purple drank for codeine cough syrup.
- Over-the-counter cough medicine. The main ingredient of abuse in these cough medicines is dextromethorphan, or DXM. Teens may refer to it as dex, red hots, robo, red devils, poor man’s X or poor man’s PCP, orange crush, skittles, tussin, velvet or triple Cs.
- Prescription stimulants. Amphetamines used to treat ADHD are popular with teens for staying up to party or to study. They refer to these medicines as black beauties, the smart drug, vitamin R, truck drivers, crosses, hearts, bennies, skippy, JIF and LA turnaround.
It’s probably not possible to know all the terms that teens use to try to hide the drugs they are using, but knowing some of the more common names for the most popular drugs can help you stay informed. Make sure you talk to your teens regularly about the dangers of these drugs and be aware of signs of teen substance abuse so you can intervene and get them help if necessary.