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Street Names/Commercial
  • Booze
Looks Like
  • Liquid (types include beer, wine, liquor)
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Alcohol is drunk
What Teens Have Heard
  • Makes a boring night fun
Dangerous Because
  • Impairs reasoning
  • Clouds judgment
  • Long-term heavy drinking can lead to alcoholism, liver and heart disease
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 2 teens drank alcohol last year
Signs of Abuse
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hangovers
Important to Know
  • Being a child of an alcoholic places children at greater risk for developing alcohol problems
Street Names/Commercial
  • Big C
  • Blow
  • Bump
  • Coke
  • Nose Candy
  • Rock
  • Snow
Looks Like
  • White crystalline powder
  • Chips
  • Chunks of white rocks
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Cocaine can be snorted or injected
  • Crack can be smoked
What Teens Have Heard
  • Keeps you amped up
  • You’ll be the life of the party
Dangerous Because
  • Can cause heart attacks, strokes, and seizures
  • In rare cases, sudden death on the first use
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 9 teens has abused cocaine or crack in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Nervous behavior
  • Restlessness
  • Bloody noses
  • High energy
Important to Know
  • Cocaine is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs
Street Names/Commercial
  • Dex
  • Red Devils
  • Robo
  • Triple C
  • Tussin
  • Skittles
  • Syrup
Looks Like
  • Liquid
  • Pills
  • Powder
  • Gelcaps
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
What Teens Have Heard
  • Causes a trippy high with various plateaus
Dangerous Because
  • Can cause abdominal pain, extreme nausea, liver damage
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 8 teens has abused cough medicine in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Disorientation
  • Vomiting
Important to Know
  • The “high” from cough medicine is caused by ingesting a large amount of dextromethorphan (DXM), a common active ingredient
Street Names/Commercial
  • Adam
  • Bean
  • E
  • Roll
  • X
  • XTC
Looks Like
  • Branded tablets (Playboy bunnies, Nike swoosh)
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
What Teens Have Heard
  • Enhances the senses and you’ll love everyone
Dangerous Because
  • Can cause severe dehydration, liver and heart failure, and even death
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 8 teens has abused Ecstasy in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Teeth clenching
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Unusual displays of affection
Important to Know
  • Can be addictive
  • A popular club drug because of its stimulant properties which allow users to dance for long periods of time
Street Names/Commercial
  • Big H
  • Black Tar
  • Dope
  • Junk
  • Skunk
  • Smack
Looks Like
  • White to dark brown powder or tar-like substance
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Injected
  • Smoked
  • Freebased
  • Snorted
What Teens Have Heard
  • Full-on euphoria, but super risky
Dangerous Because
  • Chronic heroin users risk death by overdose
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 20 teens has abused heroin in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Track marks on arms
  • Slowed and slurred speech
  • Vomiting
Important to Know
  • Heroin overdose is a particular risk on the street, where the purity of the drug cannot be accurately known
Street Names/Commercial
  • Whippets
  • Bagging
  • Huffing
  • Poppers
  • Snappers
  • Dusting
Looks Like
  • Paint thinners
  • Glues
  • Nail polish remover
  • Whipped cream aerosal
  • Air conditioner fluid (Freon)
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Inhaled through nose or mouth
What Teens Have Heard
  • A cheap, 20-minute high
Dangerous Because
  • Chronic exposure can produce significant damage to the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys
  • Can induce death
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 6 teens has abused inhalants in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Missing household products
  • A drunk, dazed or dizzy appearance
Important to Know
  • More than 1000 common products are potential inhalants that can kill on the first use or any time thereafter
Street Names/Commercial
  • Blunt
  • Boom
  • Dope
  • Grass
  • Hash
  • Herb
  • Mary Jane
  • Pot
  • Reefer
  • Skunk
  • Weed
Looks Like
  • A green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Smoked
  • Brewed into tea
  • Mixed into foods
What Teens Have Heard
  • Relaxing, not dangerous and often easier to get than alcohol
Dangerous Because
  • Can cause memory and learning problems, hallucinations, delusions and depersonalization
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 3 teens has abused marijuana in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Slowed thinking and reaction time
  • Impaired coordination
  • Paranoia
Important to Know
  • Contrary to popular belief, marijuana can be addictive
Street Names/Commercial
  • Ice
  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Crystal
  • Fire
  • Glass
  • Meth
  • Speed
Looks Like
  • White or slightly yellow crystal-like powder
  • Large rock-like chunks
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
  • Injected
  • Snorted
  • Smoked
What Teens Have Heard
  • Can keep you going for days
Dangerous Because
  • Chronic long-term use, or high dosages, can cause psychotic behavior (including paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, violent behavior, insomnia and strokes)
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 14 teens has abused methamphetamine in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Nervous physical activity
  • Scabs and open sores
  • Decreased appetite
  • Inability to sleep
Important to Know
  • Meth has a high potential for abuse and addiction, putting children at risk, increasing crime and causing environmental harm
Street Names/Commercial
  • Codeine
  • OxyContin (Oxy, O.C.)
  • Percocet (Percs)
  • Vicodin (Vike, Vitamin V)

Looks Like

  • Tablets and capsules
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
  • Injected
What Teens Have Heard
  • A free high, straight from the medicine cabinet
Dangerous Because
  • A large single dose can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 5 teens has abused prescription pain relievers in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Medicine bottles present without illness
  • Rx bottles missing
  • Disrupted eating and sleeping patterns
Important to Know
  • Abusing prescription painkillers is just as dangerous, addictive and deadly as using heroin
Street Names/Commercial
  • Mebaral
  • Quaaludes
  • Xanax
  • Valium

Looks Like

  • Multi-colored tablets and capsules; some can be in liquid form
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
  • Injected
What Teens Have Heard
  • A great release of tension
Dangerous Because
  • Slows down the brain’s activity and when a user stops taking them, there can be a rebound effect, possibly leading to seizures and other harmful consequences
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 11 12th graders has abused sedatives and/or tranquilizers in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Slurred speech
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sluggishness
  • Disorientation
  • Lack of coordination
Important to Know
  • Using prescription sedatives and tranquilizers with alcohol can slow both the heart and respiration and possibly lead to death
Street Names/Commercial
  • Adderall
  • Dexedrine
  • Booze Ritalin

Looks Like

  • Tablets and capsules
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
  • Injected
  • Snorted
What Teens Have Heard
  • Keeps you attentive and focused
Dangerous Because
  • Taking high doses may result in dangerously high body temperatures and an irregular heartbeat
  • The potential for heart attacks or lethal seizures
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 10 teens has abused Ritalin or Adderall in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased alertness, attention span, and energy
Important to Know
  • Many teens abuse this prescribed medication to help them cram for exams or suppress their appetite
Street Names/Commercial
  • Juice
  • Rhoids
  • Stackers
  • Pumpers
  • Gym Candy

Looks Like

  • Tablet, liquid or skin application
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Swallowed
  • Applied to skin
  • Injected
What Teens Have Heard
  • Will guarantee a spot on the starting lineup
Dangerous Because
  • Boys can develop breasts
  • Girls can develop facial hair and a deepened voice
  • Can cause heart attacks and strokes
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 20 teens has abused steroids in their lifetime
Signs of Abuse
  • Rapid growth of muscles
  • Opposite sex characteristics
  • Extreme irritability
Important to Know
  • Teens who abuse steroids before the typical adolescent growth spurt risk staying short and never reaching their full adult height
Street Names/Commercial
  • Cancer Sticks
  • Chew
  • Cigarettes
  • Dip
  • Fags
  • Smokes

Looks Like

  • Brown, cut up leaves
How It’s Used/Abused
  • Smoked
  • Chewed
What Teens Have Heard
  • An oral fixation and appetite suppressant
Dangerous Because
  • Cigarette smoking harms every organ in the body
  • Causes coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as many forms of cancer
Teen Usage (Grades 9-12)
  • 1 in 4 teens smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days
Signs of Abuse
  • Smell on clothes and hair
  • Yellowing of teeth and fingers that hold cigarettes
Important to Know
  • Secondhand smoke contributes to more than 35,000 deaths related to cardiovascular disease

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Sources: Partnership Attitude Tracking Study 2009, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Monitoring the Future, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. © 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.