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25 Dec Teen Drug Abuse: Common Drugs


As teen drug abuse becomes more and more of a problem, parents and other loved ones need to be aware of the challenges teenagers face. Knowing what kinds of drugs teens are most likely to use and their slang or street names can help raise awareness of these drugs. Below is a list of commonly used teen drugs and their alternate names, as identified by MedicineNet.com:

Tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco.
Cannabinoids: marijuana(pot, weed, Mary Jane, herb, dope) and hashish. They are smoked in a joint, blunt, bong, backwood, or pipe.
Cold medications: chlorpheniramine and pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), diphenhydramine(Benadryl).
Inhalants: gasoline, ammonia. Their use is often referred to as “huffing.”
Depressants: barbiturates, benzodiazepines. Sometimes called reds, yellows, yellow jackets, downers, or roofies.
Stimulants: amphetamines, cocaine, methamphetamine. Nicknames include bennies, black beauties, speed, uppers, blow, crack, rock, toot, crank, crystal, monkey, or skippy.
Narcotics: morphine, heroin (dope), codeine (cody, schoolboy), oxycodone(Oxycontin), hydrocodone/acetaminophen(Vicodin), Fentanyl(tango and cash).
Hallucinogens (LSD, “mushrooms”) are sometimes called acid, yellow sunshines, buttons, or shrooms.
Dissociative anesthetics (phencyclidine/PCP, ketamine) are sometimes called lovely, boat, Love Boat, angel dust, K, vitamin K, or cat. Using these is often referred to as “getting wet.”
Club drugs:Ecstasy, sometimes called “X.”
Anabolic steroids: sometimes called juice or roids.
In addition to alcohol and cigarettes, basically every drug that is abused by adults is also abused by teenagers. As teen drug abuse becomes more common, these substances become more readily available in schools and other places frequented by teens. Having an open dialogue with teens about drugs and the risks associated with them can help them to make better choices regarding illegal substances.

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