Evolving Slang

Is your teen robotripping? Getting crunk on CCC? Making friends with Georgia Home Boy?
Confused yet? It’s common knowledge that teen slang is changing at an incredible rate. The use of social media and personal devices has created a whole new world of slang terms and abbreviations for just about anything. While most of these are harmless, there are several important terms to know relating to teen drug use or abuse of over the counter medicines, prescription drugs, or illegal substances . Being aware of these terms can help parents better monitor their teen’s behavior and identify if they are using drugs.

Cold Medicine Abuse

One of the most common drug problems with teens today is the abuse of over the counter cold medicine. Cold medicine is more easily available to teens because it’s found at the local pharmacy and after taking 900 milligrams (about 10 ounces) the active ingredient Dextromethorphan (DXM) causes a hallucinatory high. This can be known as dexing, robotripping, or robodosing because this active ingredient can be found in the common cough syrup Robitussin. Triple C refers to the abuse of Coricidin HPB cough syrup, which also contains DXM, that teens chug to get high.Getting crunk is a verb that means getting drunk and high at the same time. This can indicate that a teen is not only abusing DXM, but supplementing it with some other drug. Slang terms to be aware of referring to using DXM include: Red Devils, Robo, Rojo, Tussin, Skittles, Poor Man’s X, Candy, Dex, DM, Velvet, and Vitamin D.

Do Your Research: Popular New Slang Terms

Through outlets such as internet research or popular shows or news outlets, it’s true that we may be getting more familiar with drug slang. Most people probably know that “snow” means cocaine, or “X” means Ecstasy, but there are growing number of new and obscure terms related to drug use. While the list of drug slang is too long to cover, here are a few examples of obscure drug slang to be aware of.

Georgia Home Boy: or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a depressant that affects the central nervous system and creative a euphoric and sedative state. It can also be called Liquid Ecstasy, Scoop, Liquid X, or Grievous Bodily Harm.

Crank: This is the stimulant methamphetamine that can be either crystal meth, also called ice, or found in prescription medications for ADHD like Adderall or Ritalin. Abuse of medications for ADHD is sometime called Kibbles and Bits, or Pineapple. Other slang names include Speed, Chalk, White Cross, Glass, or Fire.

Candy Flipping: This is a term that refers to combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or acid with ecstasy to achieve a high. Many teens today regularly search the internet for the safest drugs to combine.

While you can never know everything about the always changing world of teen slang as it refers to drugs, it is important to research these new names to be aware of how to better monitor your teen. If you see a term that you don’t understand there are many helpful resources available to identify slang and confront teen drug abuse.

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