Guest Author - Vance R. Rowe
Some of you parents may have heard your children and teenagers using weird terminology or may have seen such terminology on their phones or computers. For instance I you have heard or seen someone say something like, “Molly will be at the party tonight.” Nine times out of ten they are talking about a drug called MDMA or its more common name of Ecstasy and not a girl named Molly. I am going to give you a list of drug slang names to keep an eye out for.
DXM. DXM stands for dextromethorphan and is the activating ingredient in most over the counter cough syrups. As noted on the site WebMD.com, anything over 900 milligrams of this will cause hallucinations. If you hear or see the terms syrup head or tussin, it means the same thing. A syrup head is someone who abuses the cough syrup. A new thing is also to soak the candies “Gummi Bears” in the cough syrup, usually in a plastic baggie.
Special K. Special K is the term for a party drug that is a tranquilizer. The “K” stands for ketamine. Ketamine is usually used as an animal tranquilizer, especially used in horses. Other terms for this include breakfast cereal, vitamin k, new ecstasy, and Ket.
Belushi Belushi is a combination of cocaine and heroin and is what famed comedian John Belushi died from overdosing on it.
Roofies Also called the date rape drug refers to the drug called rohypnol, which is a tranquilizer and is many times stronger than Valium.
Drugs Bunny refers to anyone who deals drugs.
If you hear your teen mentioning something along the lines of mowing the grass, mowing the lawn, blazing a tree or stick, these are terms referred to the smoking of marijuana.
If you or son or daughter mentions to a friend that they are going to get some ice, chances are good that he/she is talking about a drug called crystal methamphetamine or simply crystal meth.
Now, these are just a few of the more common words and terms that the kids are using today. Please, please do more research on these terminologies. There is a plethora of information out there for parents. Also, if you do hear your kids using these terms or see it on any of their social network pages, it doesn't necessarily mean they are using the drugs, but it could be a warning sign to further investigate.
Watch for the signs of possible drug use which will include: extreme agitation, sleeping more than usual, strange smells, money and items suddenly missing, avoidance of eye contact, slurring of words and sneaking in and out of the house.
Keep all prescription and over the counter medicines locked up and talk to your children about the dangers of drug abuse. Communication is paramount in stopping or avoiding your children from using and abusing both illegal and legal drugs.