Teen Drug Slang: Dictionary for Parents
Understanding drug lingo gives parents a key tool in monitoring their teens for drug abuse.
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Antifreeze: Heroin. Synonyms include Big H, brown sugar, dope, golden
girls, H, horse, junk, poison, skag, smack, sweet dreams, tar, and train,
according to the web site of Phoenix House, a national alcohol and drug abuse
treatment and prevention facility.
Crunk: This is a verb that means to get high and drunk at the same
Snow: Cocaine. Synonyms include Charlie, crack, coke, dust, flake,
freebase, lady, nose candy, powder, rock, rails, snowbirds, toot, white, and
yahoo, according to Phoenix House. "After all this time, alcohol and pot
are still the most used drugs by teens, but cocaine is really a strong third,
especially with females, because of the weight issue," says Janice Styer,
MSW, a clinical coordinator-addictions counselor at Caron Treatment Center in
Wernersville, Pa. "The drug of choice among women with eating disorders is
almost invariably cocaine." A stimulant, cocaine can decrease appetite.
X: Ecstasy or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).
Synonyms include Adam, E, bean, clarity, essence, lovers speed, MDMA, roll,
stacy, XTC, according to the Phoenix House.
Boy: This refers to Gamma Hydroxybutyrate
(GHB), a central nervous system depressant can produce euphoric, sedative, and
body-building effects. Other synonyms include Gamma-OH, Grievous Bodily Harm,
Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid E, Liquid X, Organic Quaalude, and Scoop, according to
Roofies: This refers to rohypnol, a.k.a. the date rape drug. Synonyms
include the forget pill, La Rocha, Mexican valium, R-2, rib, roachies,
roofenol, rophies, roche (pronounced roe-shay), and rope.
Kibbles and bits: The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
drug called Ritalin. It is sometimes also referred to as pineapple, says
Teens and Drugs on the Web
Cheese: This is a hazardous mix of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM
(or other medicines containing diphenhydramine). It looks like grated parmesan
cheese -- thus the name. There were more than 20 teen deaths in Dallas and
surrounding neighborhoods that have been attributed to Cheese since it was
identified in 2005.
Candy flipping: This term refers to a high that’s achieved by
combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or acid with ecstasy. "The new
thing, especially with kids on the Internet, is which drugs are best and safest
to combine," explains Styer. A new study by the Caron Treatment Centers
found that one in 10 messages on the Internet involved teens seeking advice
from their peers on how to take illicit drugs. The messages were posted on
common online message boards, forums, and social network sites such as