FYI

Discussion in 'Substance Abuse Archives' started by KFld, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. KFld

    KFld New Member

    This is part of an email that was sent around where I work. It was sent by someone who works in our substance abuse department.

    Hope it's helpful to some of you who have asked what certain names were for certain drugs your kids may be using.


    How would you know if you don't even know what that means?



    "It's very important that parents brush up on ... slang, because just like with text messaging, kids use all these abbreviations and parents don’t know what they mean. But the more they understand what these things mean, the more they will be able to monitor kids’ behavior," says Gregory Pollock, a psychotherapist specializing in addiction at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.



    That's why WebMD went directly to the experts on the front lines of teen drug abuse to get a better handle on the today's teenage drug slang.



    Here's what you need to know about teens and drugs today:



    Cold Medicine Abuse



    Dextromethorphan (DXM): This is a drug contained in over-the-counter cough suppressants. After 900 milligrams, it becomes a hallucinogen. Synonyms for DXM include Candy, Dex, DM, Drex, Red Devils, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Tussin, Velvet, Poor Man's X, and Vitamin D. "Tussin is a very popular name that has been catching on lately," says Pollock. "Cold medicine abuse is a very serious problem, from what I have seen, because it is so available."



    Syrup heads: Users of DXM



    Dexing: Abusing cough syrup. Synonyms include robotripping or robodosing because users tend to chug Robitussin or another cough syrup to get high.



    Triple C: This stands for Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold. "The triple C or CCC is something that we are seeing a lot of, and that is specific to Coricidin, but anything with DXM is abused today," adds Kevin M. Gray, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.



    More Teen Drug Use Terms



    Special K: A medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, ketamine is sometimes abused as a "club drug." It can cause hallucinations and euphoria in higher doses. Synonyms include vitamin K, breakfast cereal, cat valium, horse tranquilizer, K, Ket, new ecstasy, psychedelic heroin, and super acid.



    Crank: The stimulant methamphetamine. Synonyms include meth, speed, chalk, white cross, fire, and glass. "Crystal methamphetamine is called ice," says Cleveland Clinic's Pollock. "Crystal meth is smoked, but meth can be injected, snorted, or taken as a pill," he explains.



    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 time.



    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.



    Georgia Home 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 Phoenix House.



    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 Pollock.



    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 MySpace.com.



    When it comes to teens and drugs, "You will never know everything, but you don’t want your kids to think you are an idiot," Styer says. "You need to keep communication open and talk to your kids about the dangers of the Internet."
  2. Sunlight

    Sunlight Active Member

    sad. ant did about 95% of the drugs you mention, just as far as I know.
  3. KFld

    KFld New Member

    I know there is a few I recognized from D.J. Especially the special K, which really scared the heck out of me when I heard that one.
  4. Sunlight

    Sunlight Active Member

    ant did special K. he was with a group of armed robbers wearing ski masks that robbed a veteranarian's office 6 yrs ago. he was in the car while they robbed the place of special K. he shared in it with them. two of them were brothers from a very prominent family in our area. the brothers have been seen in orange jumpsuits at diff times while ant was at various hearings. ugh.
  5. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    It's all so blankin' sad, isn't it. I think that we are lucky
    that PC/GFG went from Triple C's to pot and booze. Xanax has
    been used in the past too. Phew/Whew no big hitter drugs but OTOH he is an alcoholic with brain damage when he should be a
    college Junior on the way to a great career. DDD
  6. SunnyFlorida

    SunnyFlorida Active Member

    Thanks Karen. Wow...I'm really out of the loop on some of the terms. Not sure if I've got my head in the sand or the terms are just constantly evolving and changing.

    Hey Deb, do you think we could save this post...it's really informative.
  7. gottaloveem

    gottaloveem Active Member

    Yep! Alex used to talk about skittles all the time. I didn't know it was DXM. It makes sense though, I did find DXM on him before.
    Thanks Karen, This has good information for parents.
  8. Ephchap

    Ephchap Moderator Staff Member

    Karen,

    Thank you for passing this along. I'm going to leave it here (but I think it will lock it), but am going to move it into the Teens Archives so we'll be able to refer others to it.

    Hugs,
    Deb