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Parent Guide: Signs of Drug Abuse

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Cocaine/Crack

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Big C, Blow, Bump, Coke, Nose Candy, Rock, Snow
  • How it’s used: Cocaine can be snorted or injected; crack is smoked
  • Signs of abuse: Nervous behavior, restlessness, bloody noses, unusually high energy

Cough Medicine/DXM

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Dex, Red Devils, Robo, Triple C, Tussin, Skittles, Syrup, Dirty Sprite
  • How it’s used: Swallowed
  • Slurred speech, loss of coordination, disorientation, vomiting

Ecstasy/MDMA/Molly

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Adam, Bean, E, Roll, X, XTC
  • How it’s used: Swallowed
  • Signs of abuse: Teeth clenching, chills, sweating, dehydration, anxiety, unusual displays of affection

Heroin

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street Names: Big H, Black Tar, Dope, Junk, Skunk, Smack
  • How it’s used: Injected, smoked, freebased, snorted
  • Signs of abuse: Track marks on arms, slowed and slurred speech, vomiting

Inhalants

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Whippets, Bagging, Huffing, Poppers, Snappers, Dusting
  • How it’s used: Inhales through mouth or nose
  • Signs of abuse: Missing household products, dazed or dizzy appearance

Marijuana

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Blunt, Boom, Dope, Grass, Hash, Herb, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Skunk, Weed
  • How it’s used: Smoked, brewed into tea, baked into food
  • Signs of abuse: Slowed thinking and reaction time, impaired coordination, paranoia

Methamphetamine

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Ice, Chalk, Crank, Crystal, Fire, Glass, Meth, Speed
  • How it’s used: Swallowed, injected snorted, smoked
  • Signs of abuse: Nervous physical activity, scabs or open sores, decreased appetite, inability to sleep

Prescription Pain Relievers

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet (Percs), Vicodin (Vike, Vitamin V)
  • How it’s used: Swallowed or injected
  • Signs of abuse: Medicine bottles present without illness, Rx bottles missing, disrupted sleeping and eating patterns

Prescription Sedatives

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Mebaral, Quaaludes, Xanax, Valium
  • How it’s used: Swallowed or injected
  • Signs of abuse: Slurred speech, shallow breathing, sluggishness, disorientation

Prescription Stimulants

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin
  • How it’s used: Swallowed, injected, snorted
  • Signs of abuse: Lack of appetite, increased alertness, attention span and energy

Steroids

Spotting Drug Abuse

  • Street names: Juice, Roids, Stackers, Pumpers, Gym Candy
  • How it’s used: Swallowed, applied to skin, injected
  • Signs of abuse: Rapid growth of muscles, opposite sex characteristics, extreme irritability

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