Street Names for Drugs Most Abused by Teenagers

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA), the most commonly abused drugs by teenagers last year were: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, ecstasy and prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

Many parents have a difficult time keeping up with all the new and strange street names for common illegal drugs. If you are having this problem, you are not alone. In truth, the street slang for drugs changes rapidly. Although some street names stick for generation after generation like pot for marijuana or blow for cocaine, the majority come and go. The street names are replaced by the latest pop cultural connections and conventions.

At the same time, beyond popularity and popular culture, the street names for drugs also serve an uglier purpose. Many of these street names are invented to confuse and divert attention. The goal of such street slang for illegal drugs often is to cover up and hide. Teens using drugs want to avoid the suspicions of law enforcement, parents and teachers. As a result, they use street slang in texts and emails to avoid being caught.

Some of the street names of drugs most abused by teenagers have entered the common vocabulary. You even can hear them talked about on the nightly news or featured in television sitcoms. However, countless others remain quite obscure. The goal of the list below is to let you know both the evident and the obscure. By increasing your awareness, you increase the chances of catching a drug problem before it gets out of control.

In fact, this is why a working knowledge of the most commonly used street names for the most popular illegal drugs can be so useful. To help awareness of teen drug abuse, we offer the following list of common street names associated with the drugs. If you hear your child mentioning any of these names in a conversation, phone call, email, text message or IM chat, it is imperative that you talk to them immediately about the dangers of drugs and the impact they can have on the rest of their lives.

Street Names for Drugs Most Abused by Teenagers

  • Marijuana
    Marijuana street names include:  Weed, dope, pot, reefer, grass, ganja, Mary Jane, hash, herb, skunk, boom, gangster, chronic, blunt.
  • Heroin
    Heroin street names include:  Junk, smack, skag, ‘H’, brown, horse, white horse, harry, boy.
  • Cocaine
    Cocaine street names include: Coke, crack, rock, Charlie, snow, dust, yay-yo
  • Crystal Meth
    Crystal meth street names include: Crank, meth, go-fast, ice and meth.
  • Ecstasy
    Ecstasy street names include:  Ecstasy ‘E’, MDMA, MDA, MDEA, Pills, Love Doves, Adam

You don’t have to memorize all of these street names for drugs. However, by looking them over, you might be able to learn something that will prove useful in the long-term. Often, by reading over a list like we provided above, your memory will be prompted when you hear the word spoken or you see it written somewhere. Such a prompt can open the door to getting needed help for your teen.

If you think your teen might be abusing drugs and would like a consultation for teen drug rehab, please let us know.