Modern Teen Drug Use: Signs & Slang

 

You are never going to know every term for drugs or recognize all of the signs of abuse, but it is important as a parent or guardian that you stay as up-to-date as you can. Parents: this is important information, keep reading.

Tell-Tale Signs of Drug Use

  • Drastic drop in grades
  • Abandoning old friends and social activities
  • Smells – marijuana’s scent ranges from skunky to sweet; meth, heroin, and other smoked drugs only smell of what they are cut with, like chemicals.
  • Paraphernalia – tin boxes or makeup bags are used to store needles, drugs, spoons, lighters, pills, etc. If you see joint papers, blunt wraps (packs of cigarillos such as Swisher Sweets or White Owl), or pipes, it is more likely your teen is smoking marijuana.
  • Evasive when questioned (even about non-drug-related matters)
  • Glazed expressions
  • Dozing off while standing, sitting, or eating

This Slang May Sound Funny… But They Are Deadly Drugs

Rock Bottom Pirate: This is the unique combination of nutmeg, alcohol, and opiates. This one is on the radar because opioid use is at a crisis point in the US. Teens have shown an increase in using the spice nutmeg in high quantities to get a euphoric and hallucinatory feeling.

Cuddles for Puddles: This might seem innocuous, but it describes a person who is willing trade their body for drugs, especially meth or heroin; which take on a liquid form (puddles) when heated.

Robotripping: This refers to the abuse of cough syrups, such as Robitussin, to get high.

Cheese: A mix of black tar heroin and medicines containing diphenhydramine (an ingredient in Tylenol PM). It’s named refers to the fact that it looks like grated parmesan cheese.

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