Young people almost never talk about drugs by name. Instead, they refer to drugs by a variety of nicknamed, or “street names”. These street names give kids a way to discuss drugs – without having to worry about being overheard by curious parents, teachers, or other adults. Street names for drugs often pop up in movies, songs, text messages and social media posts – and adults often have no idea what they mean.

    Here’s a list of commonly abused drugs and their abbreviations:

    Bath Salts: Arctic blast, Blue Magic, Cloud 9, Fake Cocaine, Wicked X, Ivory Fresh, Ivory Wave, Lady Bubbles, Snow Leopard, Stardust, Vanilla Sky and White Dove

    Cocaine & Crack: Aunt Nora, Blow, Bolivian Marching Powder, Big C, Coke, Flake, Freebase, Lady, Nose Candy, Rock, Snow, Snowbird, Toot, White Lady, Yayo, Booger Sugar

    GHB: Georgia Home Boy, Goop, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid X, Soal

    Heroin: Antifreeze, Big “H”, Brown/Brown Sugar, Cheese (when mixed with cold medicine), Horse, Junk, Mud, Skag, Smack, Tar, Train

    Inhalants: Duster, Snappers, Ozone, Poppers, Whip-its/Whippets, Laughing Gas

    LSD: Acid, Battery Acid, Blotter, Elvis, Loony Tunes, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Sugar Cubes, Superman, White Lightning

    Marijuana: Weed, Pot, Boom, Cannabis, Chronic, Dope, Ganja, Grass, Hemp, Herb, Mary Jane, Reefer, Skunk

    MDMA: Adam, Beans, Club Drug, Disco, Biscuits, Ecstasy, Love Drug, Molly, Scooby Snacks, X, XTC

    Methamphetamines/Amphetamines: Chalk, Crank, crystal, crystal meth, speed, glass, ice, tweak, black beauties

    Psilocybin (Mushrooms): Caps, Boomers, Magic Mushrooms, Purple Passion, ‘Shrooms

    Cough Syrup: Barre, Bo, Drank, Lean, Purple Drank, Purple Jelly, Sip-Sip, Sizzurp, Syrup, Texas Tea

    Rohypnol: The “Date Rape Drug”, R2, Roach, Roofies, Rope

    Salvia: Diviner’s Sage, Sage, Sally-D, Magic Mint, Maria Pastora

    Steroids: Arnolds, Gym Candy, Juice, Pumpers, ‘Roids, Stackers

    Synthetic Marijuana: K2, Spice, Fake Week, Blaze, Bombay Blue, Skunk, Dank, Zohai

        1. Be involved: Ask your teen questions that go beyond “how was your day?” Have a sincere interest in what’s going on in their lives.
        2. Be an Exemplary Role Model: Practice what you preach. Don’t become drunk in front of your teens, and never drink and drive.
        3. Dialogue: Establish a two-way dialogue with your children about drinking, whether you drink alcohol or not. Don’t just talk at them. Let them ask questions, and keep the conversation open and honest.
        4. Know the facts about alcohol use and abuse: Try to remain objective when discussing the consequences. Teens tend to already believe their parents are over-exaggerating.
        5. Advise them lovingly: Offer loving but firm advice with clear boundaries and consequences by setting down firm guidelines. Remind your teen that you love them, and that’s why you don’t want them drinking. They could hurt themselves or someone else.
        6. Reduce Availability: Lock alcohol away, or don’t keep it in the house at all. Work with other parents to minimize the availability while your child is in their home.
        7. Parental differences: If the parents of your teen’s friends openly allow underage drinking, tell your teen it’s not acceptable for them to drink. Tell them you’ll be dropping them off and picking them up. Or you can choose to not allow your teen to go to their house at all. Set a rule that your teen must never drink and drive. This should be your most serious rule. 
        8. Healthy Alternatives: Support recreational alternatives to drinking and provide alcohol-free parties for young people. This is necessary especially if other parents are more lax in their standards of what’s acceptable.
        9. Not a laughing matter: Do not joke about alcoholism or drunken behavior. Alcoholism is a serious issue, and it should not be taken lightly by your children or you.
        10. Professional Advice: Ask your doctor or pediatrician to discuss alcohol use during your children’s annual physicals. As a parent, it’s your job to protect your child’s health and wellbeing. The same goes for your doctor.  

        What is prescription medicine abuse? 

        Prescription (Rx) medicine abuse is the use of an Rx medicine to create an altered state, to get high, or for any reasons other than those intended by the prescribing doctor.

        How many teens are doing this? 

        According to research conducted by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, one in four teens say they have taken a prescription medicine – that was not prescribed to them — at least once in their lifetime. This behavior cuts across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. 

        Why are some teens doing this? 

        Teens are engaging in this dangerous behavior for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they do it to party and get high, but also to manage stress or regulate their lives. Some are abusing prescription stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to provide additional energy and the ability to focus when they’re studying or taking tests. Many teens are abusing pain relievers and tranquilizers to cope with academic, social or emotional stress. 

        What are the risks? 

        There are both immediate and long-term risks to medicine abuse. In the short term, overdosing can be fatal, as can mixing Rx medicine with over-the counter medicine and/or alcohol. In the longer term, prescription opioids (pain relievers) and other prescription medicines have been proven to be potentially addictive. Relying on Rx medicines at a young age to help “manage” life can establish a lifelong pattern of dependency and prevent teens from learning important coping skills. 

        Where are teens getting prescription medicine? 

        Two-thirds (66 percent) of teens who report abuse of prescription pain relievers are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Some teens share Rx medicines among themselves —handing out or selling their own pills or those they’ve acquired or stolen from classmates. A very small minority of teens also say they get their prescription medicine illicitly from doctors, pharmacists or over the internet. 

        Are parents educating their children about the risks of this behavior? 

        Research conducted by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids shows that parents are not communicating the risks of prescription medicine abuse to their children as often as they talk about street drugs. This is partly because some parents are unaware of the behavior (which wasn’t as prevalent when they were teenagers), and partly because those who are aware of teen medicine abuse tend to underestimate the risks just as teens do. A recent study by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids showed that 27 percent of parents have taken a prescription medicine without having a prescription for it themselves. This sets a dangerous example for their kids, teaching them that they don’t need to follow guidelines for proper use of Rx medicines. 


        1. Educate yourself – learn about the misuse of prescription medicines by teens.
        2. Communicate the risks of prescription medicine abuse to your kids. Children who learn a lot about the risks of drugs at home are at least 20 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not get that critical message from their parents. 
        3. Safeguard your medicine. Keep prescription medicine in a secure place, count and monitor the number of pills you have and lock them up — and ask your friends and family members to do the same. 
        4. Get help. If you think your child has a problem with prescription medicine abuse, the Santa Clara County Substance Use Treatment Services can help. (hyperlink: youth services)

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