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Street Names for Common Drugs – Promises Treatment Centers

August 12th, 2014

Posted on March 19th, 2014
if you’re having a hard time keeping up with the many street names for common illegal drugs, you’re not alone. After all, they were created to confuse, divert and otherwise dodge the suspicions of law enforcement, parents and teachers.

Some street names have entered the common vocabulary, while countless others remain obscure. Even so, a working knowledge of the most commonly used street names for the most popular illegal drugs can be very useful, especially if you suspect that someone in your care is using drugs.



Marijuana has a wealth of street names, many of them familiar, including pot, weed, reefer, dope, ganja, grass, herb, bud, green, trees, skunk, smoke and sinsemilla. Some street names refer to particular ways of administering marijuana; for example, a blunt is a marijuana-filled cigar.


The various effects of marijuana include euphoria, relaxation, paranoia, sensory distortion, poor balance and coordination, increased heart rate, anxiety and increased appetite.



Heroin has a wide variety of street names, including some that are also nicknames for marijuana. Heroin can be mixed in with marijuana (or a regular cigarette) and smoked. The most commonly heard street names for heroin are brown sugar, smack, horse, dope, H or Big H, junk, skag, skunk, white horse or China white. Heroin is found in powder or tar-like form that ranges from white to dark brown.


Heroin is a depressant, which means that it causes the central nervous system to function more slowly. Users experience an initial euphoria, accompanied by heavy limbs, dry mouth and flushed skin. Users then move from wakefulness to drowsiness, as the depressive effects become more pronounced. Slurred speech, impaired vision, droopy eyelids, constricted pupils, diarrhea and vomiting are common.

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Quick to punish – Catalyst Chicago

August 12th, 2014

Students caught with an ounce or less of marijuana are more likely to be arrested in school than a student who starts a fight or steals. Hundreds of teens are arrested each year for drug offenses involving pot—offenses that may warrant only a ticket for adult Chicagoans.
  • Kelvyn Park High School students have differing opinions on how the school should deal with drug use. One says suspension just gives students more time to get high. But another says the staff should be more strict so students will be deterred from using.
  • Cristina Cortesi, substance abuse prevention coordinator at Stevenson High School in the northern suburb of Lincolnshire, runs an educational program that aims to get students to think critically about the decisions they make. She also runs support groups for students recovering from drug use.

Cory Warren and a group of his classmates at Phillips Academy High School had a challenge: Work with a community organization to try to convince their peers that drinking and taking drugs are bad ideas.

Alcohol and drug abuse are virtually never talked about in Chicago Public Schools, even in high schools, he says. Yet teens can be especially susceptible to peer pressure to drink and do drugs, and the consequences for drug-related offenses in CPS can be severe.

“I think in elementary school they told us not to smoke squares (slang for cigarettes), but no one said anything about marijuana,” Cory recalls. But pot-smoking and drinking are all around him, he says—on the street, in his home and in one particular hallway at school. As a football player, Cory stays away from it. And he desperately wants his younger brother to follow suit.     Read more…

Local officials learn how to combat opiate abuse – The Athens e-news

August 11th, 2014

Athens County officials joined judges, law-enforcement officers, treatment providers and others from around the state in Columbus last month to discuss the opiate epidemic in Ohio.

The first-ever Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addition was attended by Athens County Common Pleas Judge George McCarthy, county Commissioner Lenny Eliason, and Dr. Joe Gay from Health Recovery Services, among others.

The goal of the event was to discuss not only the epidemic itself but also judicial practices and options for opiate addiction treatment, including medication-assisted treatment through Suboxone, Vivitrol and methadone.

In a press release, McCarthy said that the event addressed both the abuse of prescription opiate medications such as Oxycodone and the escalating use of heroin throughout Ohio.

A recent series of articles in The Athens NEWS investigating the rise of heroin and opioid use in Athens County and throughout the state has revealed a strong correlation between prescription drug abuse and heroin usage.     Read more…

School children as young as eight to be taught about the dangers of illegal drugs – Perth Now News

August 10th, 2014

CHILDREN as young as eight will be taught about the dangers of drugs under the new national school curriculum to be rolled out in classrooms across the country.

Students from Year 3 will learn how to respond to unsafe situations involving illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, performance-enhancing drugs, prescription drugs, bush and alternative medicines, energy drinks and caffeine.

Drug problems in NSW public schools soared last year with serious incidents increasing from 48 reports during the first two terms to 127 in the second half of the year.

The current NSW personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) syllabus states that by the end of Year 4 students should discuss reasons why people use drugs for medical and non-medical purposes.     Read more…

Predicting Tomorrow’s Teen Binge Drinkers? – OZY.com

August 9th, 2014

The nerves, the too-confident swagger, the sweaty palms — at 14, they’re still kids, and yet almost adults. In just a few years, they’ll go from chiding younger siblings to hitting their first frat party. Who will become a drinker, and who will hit the books? Who will stagger home, and who will be the designated driver?

A new study claims to be able to predict which 14-year-olds will become binge drinkers at age 19 with 70 percent accuracy.     Read more…

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH – Madison.com

August 8th, 2014

NEW YORK — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found.

Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, depicted the numbers as alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and near-total lack of any drug testing for high school athletes.

“It’s what you get when you combine aggressive promotion from for-profit companies with a vulnerable target — kids who want a quick fix and don’t care about health risk,” Tygart said in an interview. “It’s a very easy sell, unfortunately.”     Read more…

Teens and Drugs: What a Parent Can Do to Help –

August 7th, 2014

(Although I’ll talk about this important issue in terms of a boy’s behavior, it could just as easily be about a girl.)

It’s an all too familiar story. A young teen who was once loveable, happy, a reasonably successful student and all around good kid has become surly, disrespectful and defiant. He is wearing the uniform of the druggies, sweatshirt hood drawn up over his face, pants hanging low. He spends hours in his room, uncommunicative. He spends even more hours out of the house, places unknown. He is often sleepy and red-eyed when he finally does come home. Any request for information is met with hostility. When you’ve searched his room, you have found drug-related paraphernalia and cryptic notes that are alarming. Old friends don’t call any more. The kids he is bringing around have reputations for finding trouble. Now your kid has found them.

No attempts to talk to him have helped. You have begged, pleaded, cried, scolded, and threatened. You have taken away privileges and things that are special to him. Maybe you’ve even had difficult talks with the school or the local police. Nothing seems to make an impression. You are watching your child disappear into the drug culture. The stakes are high. He’s playing with criminal behavior that could get him in jail and he’s putting things into his body that could kill him. You are right to be scared. You are right to fight for his life.

The first thing to do is to take a step back and analyze what is going on. Like most parents, you’ve probably been dealing with the symptoms (hair, dress, curfews, and contraband), not the deeper problems (feelings, peer pressures, family dynamics, addiction). You will be in a much better position to come up with solutions if you have a better idea of what the real problems are. See which of these possibilities, if any, fit.     Read more…

Parents need to know that heroin kills, it’s here, it’s cheap and easy to get –

August 6th, 2014

Orland Park children have been under a terrorist attack for the past five years, yet amazingly, many parents and local schools are still not rushing to their defense, a prominent public safety leader said Tuesday night.

“This is a terrorist attack on our children, right here in Orland,” Orland Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Michael Schofield said of the growing heroin epidemic in the suburbs and across the nation. “It’s ironic that we send our young men to Afghanistan to fight for freedom, and then the Taliban grows poppies to sell back to us…this is a billion-dollar business.”     Read more…

Drug Abuse Slang and Street Terms – Addiction Search, latest addiction information

August 5th, 2014

 Street names and descriptions of popular drugs abused by teens and young adults recreationally

The reason for this article is to help parents and caregivers understand just how dangerous it is today for our children and young people when it comes to having fun and partying.

Drugs of abuse change all the time and most parents don’t even know some of these dangerous drugs exist. Most don’t have a clue that there are street terms that reference these drugs, if their child is experimenting with them they would never know. It’s extremely sad to think of the amount of young people that have either lost their life due to partying with friends one night or that party night changed their lives forever.
Many innocent young people go to these get-togethers or parties and have never done drugs before and have no intention of ever doing them. It’s not unusual for someone to slip something into their drink just for the hell of it, they think it’s funny. Parents need to be aware of the common drugs abused today because parties and socializing isn’t the same as it was in the past, it’s much more dangerous. There are more toxic and serious drugs and substances floating around than could ever be imagined so hopefully this information will be helpful to parents and caregivers who aren’t aware.
I realize this article is long and exhausting but our children’s lives are precious and their health and wellbeing are worth every word.     Read more…


Why Marijuana Edibles Might Be More Dangerous Than Smoking – ABC News

August 4th, 2014

A string of worrisome incidents linked to marijuana might be enough to give pause to your typical, blissed-out pot smoker: Since when does weed trigger aggression or motivate someone to commit a crime and land kids in hospitals?

But recent headlines involving people under marijuana’s influence might have some wondering if there’s a link.

A Colorado man is accused of killing his wife after eating now-legal pot candy, Denver authorities said. A Wyoming college student leapt to his death from a Denver hotel balcony after eating a marijuana cookie purchased at a pot shop, police said. And at least one Colorado hospital has reported an increase in visits after children ate too many pot-laced treats, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics.

Could it involve the way the drug is ingested — in the form of pot cookies or brownies instead of smoking? There’s not enough research on edible marijuana to make a definite link, said Al Bronstein, a physician and medical director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, which handles local poison control issues. But Bronstein noted that edible marijuana is risky for several reasons.     Read more…