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. Continue reading “Modern Teen Drug Use: Signs & Slang” »

How Social Media Can Tell if Your Teen is Using Drugs

Social Media: A New Era for Teen Drug Use

Although social media websites were designed to encourage interaction, as a parent, it’s easy for social media to make you feel more disconnected from your teen than ever.

Social media sites are just one of the many concerns that should be on a parent’s radar. From being the victim of cyberbullying, to sharing inappropriate photos or videos, or even buying drugs online, teensocial media s can easily get into dangerous situations while using social media platforms.

As a parent, it’s important to keep open lines of communication between you and your teenager. Still, sometimes despite what you do, your teen may not be open and honest with you. If you are worried about your teen using drugs, their social media profiles may be one way to monitor their health and safety.

Using Social Media to See if Your Teen is Using Drugs

Instagram

We have written before about teens using social media sites like Instagram to buy drugs. Instagram, which focuses on posting pictures, has become one of the most popular social media sites for teens. Many teens leave their profiles open to the public, meaning that you may be able to see what they are posting without “following” them. Here are some signs to watch for on Instagram that may point to drug use:

  • Posting pictures that show drug paraphernalia

  • Pictures at parties where there appears to be underage drinking or smoke-filled rooms

  • Use of hashtags, such as #420, which is a reference to the use of marijuana, or #pyrex, which is a reference to the use of glass pyrex dishes to make crack cocaine–not your grandmother’s vintage casserole dishes!

Facebook

Facebook remains a popular social media site for teens and adults alike. As a more established site, you may already have access to your teen’s profile by being “friends” when them. If so, you can monitor what they post on their own and on their friends’ profiles, and what posts they are tagged in. Facebook might give you more information, because unlike Instagram, teens post more than just pictures. They post status updates, events, and they talk to their friends on this social media site. Look for the same types of pictures you’d monitor for on Instagram: drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and parties.

Twitter

Twitter is another popular social media site for teens. Many celebrities use Twitter, which increases its popularity among teens. Like on Instagram, the use of hashtags to describe their posts is very common on Twitter. Look out for hashtags like #420 and #pyrex, as well as other slang references for drugs, including Crank (meth), Special K (ketamine), and Triple C or CCC (Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold).

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Myths About Molly: Truths About the Drug

Ecstasy is back with a new name

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The drug called “molly” is not new. The term molly has been popping up in songs and talked about by celebrities lately, but the drug is not a new substance. Molly refers to ecstasy, the drug popularized by clubbers for decades.

Recent deaths at concerts have been connected to the drug. Since there seems to be some confusion surrounding the drug that’s being blasted through pop culture right now, let’s take a minute to point out the myths and identify the true facts about molly.

Myths about Street Drug Molly

1) Molly is a new drug

Molly is simply a new name for Ecstasy, or MDMA. Top songs by Kanye West and Miley Cyrus talk about molly. This drug produces a feeling of euphoria, bonding and social closeness. It’s popular among club-goers and partiers.

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Understanding Teenage Drug Slang

Just like any language and culture, there is unique terminology when it comes to drug users. The terms for using drugs and different drug forms are unending. Although one individual will never know all of the drug terms for each drug and drug user, it’s important for parents to know where to go to understand the “drug slang” so that you can know what your teen is referring to if they are talking about strange topics or acting questionably.

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"Bath Salts" at head shops are a drug teenagers use

Finding Drug Slang Dictionaries

You may remember some slang drug terms from back in your day like potlicker, mary jane, Aunt Mary, amp, cheeba and more. These days, there are at least 500 ways to refer to each drug, and even more to explain how the drug is used.

For parents hoping to get a better understanding for common drug terminology, we recommend using several online resources. Just google “Drug Slang” and hundreds of websites will populate with drug slang dictionaries and more. From our research, here are some very helpful tools:

Have no idea what your teen just said? Use the Drug Slang translator.

A great PDF that lists several slang words used for each narcotic.

Drug Slang & Street Terms Dictionary

2010 Most Common Drug Slang Terms

There are thousands of words when it comes to drug slang words. We recommend using a drug slang dictionary to inform yourself about more common terms for drugs. But it’s also good to know some of the most popular drugs that teens may be experimenting with and talking about.

Synthetic Drugs

A recent trend in teenage drug usage is synthetic drug use, which comes in the form of “fake pot, or K2” and bath salts. Synthetic drugs are easy to find, and sold at many head shops under the guise of “herbal incense” or “bath salts.” Synthetic drug use is dangerous and must be stopped if you suspect your child is using synthetic drugs.

Most Popular Drug Terms

In 2010, TestCountry.com determined the most popular drugs that were circulating around drug users last year. They include:

Cheese | Strawberry Quick | Blueberries | Molly | Eggs | French Fries | Cornbread | Butter Sandwich | Skittles | Tic Tacs

See what all of these popular drug slang terms mean.

If you’re like most parents, hearing your teen discuss common foods may not be a signal for drug use, but knowing these terms refer to popular teen drugs and prescription drugs will help you be more informed and aware of your teen’s experimentation.

Need Help Knowing a Drug Slang Term?

Knowing some popular slang terms for the drugs popular among teenagers will help you parent better and protect your kids.Please contact us if you hear a term and cannot find a definition, we can help you discover what your teenager may be referring to if they are using slang drug terms.