Teen drug slang you should know

Philip Whiteman

I have been repeatedly asked for another column that listed several popular teen slang terms for drugs, both legal and illegal. I do not have near enough room in this column to even scratch the surface, but I will give you as many as will fit. It’s important to note that by the time I have finished typing this, several new terms will have been created, and it is nearly impossible to keep up. A search of the internet will supply you with many of these terms, but most of those will be outdated by the time you traverse the endless bounds of the World Wide Web. I will also note, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) website does a really good job of updating their site. For the sake of time and column space, I have limited these to what I have heard and seen in the school hallways and throughout our community. This is in no way a comprehensive list of terms. Teen drug slang is popular among youth who use drugs. They may use drug slang in text messages or when speaking with peers to prevent adults from knowing they are using or conversing about teen drug use. The following are common teenage drug slang terms for various types of drugs.

Marijuana: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teens use marijuana by rolling it into cigarettes called “joints,” or putting it inside empty cigars, referred to as “blunts.” Blunts or joints are intended to be smoked. Some teens will put marijuana into baked goods, such as brownies and cookies (this is extremely popular in Middle School age on up). Teens can also use marijuana by inhaling it through a vaporizer or smoking it out of a device called a “bong” or a “bowl,” or as a new local shop in town calls them: “water pipes.” Common slang terms for marijuana include herb, joint, pot, grass, smoking weed, and reefer.

DXM (Dextromethorphan): Stanford Children’s Health reports that dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in numerous over-the-counter cough medications. Teens may abuse it by taking large amounts of the drug to produce a hallucinogenic effect. DXM can be purchased in the form of cough syrups, tablets, or capsules. Teens drinking cough syrup may be referred to using the following slang terms: Dexies, Red Devils, Robo, Rojo, Triple C, Velvet, Tussin, Drix, and Poor man’s ecstasy. There are many other terms.

Teens may also abuse stimulant medications like Adderall and Ritalin, which are prescribed for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They can take these medications in pill form, crush them up and snort them, or inject them. Slang terms for stimulant drugs include Bennies (Popular in Junior High age range), Uppers, Dexies, Amies, and Amp. Inhalants are common drugs among youth and include substances like amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these drugs were originally used to dilate the blood vessels of people with heart conditions. Teens may also inhale various liquids, such as glue, paint, and nail polish remover. Teens can place containers up their noses to inhale vapors or products straight from the can, which is extremely popular.

Slang terms for drugs like amyl and butyl nitrite include Poppers, Snappers, Pearls, Boppers, and Rush. Teens may refer to liquid products such as nail polish remover by names like “air-blast” or “spray.” Inhalant use is often called by its slang term, “huffing.” If you suspect your child is using and or abusing drugs, please seek help from a health care professional. Our area has many wonderful counselors and treatment opportunities to help.

Newton County Community Coalition Vision: A safe and healthy, drug and alcohol-free, youth community across all of Newton County.

The Coalition meets from noon-1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting location is the Talkington Building, 209 N. Valley Street, Neosho.

----Phillip Whiteman is the DFC Coordinator/Program Director for the Newton County Community Coalition (Coalition). He writes a biweekly column for The Neosho Daily News.