KNOW THE LANGUAGE

Following is a short list of street names for drugs.
3750 - Marijuana and crack rolled in a joint
Arnolds - Steroids
Aunt Nora - Cocaine
Battery acid - LSD
Beavis & Butthead - LSD
Big C - Cocaine
B.J.'s - Crack Cocaine
California cornflakes - Cocaine
Cloud nine - Crack cocaine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Devil's dandruff - Crack cocaine; powder cocaine
Devil's dust - PCP
Ecstasy - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
God's drug - Morphine
Grasshopper - Marijuana
Hairy - Heroin
Hitters - People who inject others who have hard to find veins in exchange for drugs
Jerry Garcias - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Kibbles & Bits - A term used to describe small crumbs of crack
Macaroni - Marijuana
Mary Jane - Marijuana
Mellow yellow - LSD
Pill ladies - Female senior citizens who sell OxyContin
Pink panthers - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Sextasy - Ecstasy used with
Smurfs - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Snowball - Cocaine and heroin
Supermans - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Tens - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Wild cat - Methcathinone mixed with cocaine
White diamonds - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
Woolah - A hollowed cigar filled with marijuana and crack
Yellow Sunshine - LSD
Z - One ounce of heroin


KNOW THE SIGNS

  • Abrupt mood changes
  • Isolation
  • Bursts of anger
  • Blood shot eyes
  • Staying up all night, sleeping all day
  • Poor hygiene
  • Overly secretive
  • Problems at school
  • Lack of motivation
  • Stealing
  • Borrowing more money
  • Questionable friends


These are some of the red flags (warning signs) that your child may be using drugs—especially if these changes happened suddenly.

The most important thing you can do is to talk with your child. Let him know that you are there for him no matter what -- that you believe in him -- that you are concerned for his safety-- that you will safeguard his future. Most of all, that you love him.

If you are concerned that your child is using drugs, call the Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment program of Child and Family Services, 1-800-640-6486 or click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email us.

CONSEQUENCES OF USE

What are the consequences of Substance Abuse?
Young people who use drugs and/or alcohol over a period of time are subjecting themselves to a wide array of consequences. These consequences often depend on the individual using, the type of drug used and frequency of use and can occur as the result of one-time use or repeated use. Mental and physical health can decline; problems with peer and family relationships may occur; academics are often affected; the likelihood of risky or illegal behavior increases; using later in life is more likely and there is a much higher risk of accidents and death for those who are under the influence.
Here are some examples of consequences one may incur from drug use and abuse:

  • Mental health problems - Teens who use drugs are at greater risk for developing a number of mental health problems including anxiety disorders, phobias, depression, and attention deficit disorder.
  • Physical health problems - Drug use can have harmful effects on many body organs including: the heart, blood vessels, lungs, damage to the hormone system, fertility, the liver and the brain. Many drugs cause brain changes that can lead to problems with memory, attention and decision-making.
  • Family and peer problems - Teen substance abuse can have a negative impact on relationship skills, self-esteem, physical and emotional independence. As a result, teen drug or alcohol problems may lead to difficulty building and sustaining personal relationships – including those with family and peers. Within the family, the user often sets bad examples for his/her siblings and creates a much more hostile environment at home.
  • Academics - Drug abusers frequently experience many problems at school including poor grades, truancy, withdrawal from healthy extracurricular activities and increased drop-out rates.
  • Increased likelihood of drug use later in life - Those who begin drug use early in life are at an increased risk for continued addiction and drug habits into and through adulthood.
  • Involvement in other illegal activities- Drug use has been linked to more deviant behavior in youth, resulting in increased criminal activity for drug users compared to non-drug using peers.
  • Increased likelihood of accidents and death- Substance abuse often leads to a higher level of risk-taking. Engaging in these risky behaviors can increase the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, resulting from unprotected sexual activity and can lead to injury related to car accidents, suicide and, violence.