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Street Drugs

Street drugs are illegal in most places in the world today. For this reason, talk of it has had to go underground. A very effective way of going underground is the development of a secret street drug code language known and understood only by those who live in that world. In this way, people can talk about street drugs right in front of partners and parents without fear of them catching on.

A number of drug related street terms are now more numerous than can begin to be recorded or described. There is also nothing static about the slang for street drugs. It changes faster than fashion and prides itself on staying ahead of those who would crack the code.

Street Drug Slang Terms

* SERIAL SPEEDBALLING: Sequencing cocaine, cough syrup, and heroin over a 1 to 2 day period.
* A- BOOT: Under the influence of drugs
* AGONIES: Withdrawal symptoms
* CHALKED UP: Under the influence of cocaine
* PHARMING: Consuming a mixture of prescription substances
* TARDUST: Cocaine
* TWEAK MISSION: On a mission to find crack
* WAKE UPS: Amphetamines
* HIGHBEAMS: Wide eyes associated with taking crack
* PAPER BAG: Container for drugs
* TEX-MEX: Marijuana
* SAM: Federal narcotics agent
* CARPET PATROL: Crack smokers searching the floor for crack
* HALF A FOOTBALL FIELD: 50 rocks of crack
* AUTHOR: Doctor who writes illegal prescriptions
* ARE YOU ANYWHERE: Do you use marijuana
* CLOSET BASER: User of cocaine that prefers anonymity
* HONEYMOON: Early stages of drug use before addiction
* MISS: To inject a drug
* HYPE STICK: Hypodermic needle
* PIGGYBACKING: Simultaneous injecting of two different drugs
* TOKE: To inhale cocaine or smoke marijuana

Below is a list of common street drugs across the country.


Street Drugs Names: Bennies, black beauties, bumble bees, co-pilots, Crank, Cross tops, Crystal meth, Dexies, Footballs, Hearts, Hot Ice, Ice, L.A. glass, Meth, MDMA, Pep pills, Speed, Uppers
Toxicology Detection: 48 to 72 hours
Psychological Effects: A low dose can cause alertness, euphoria, increased motor performance and energy, as well as irritability, restlessness, and panic. High doses can cause brief psychosis, increased aggressiveness, and antisocial behaviors
Physical Effects: Body becomes ready for "fight or flight"; can cause stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure
Withdrawal Symptoms: Confusion, apathy, irritability, depression, increased appetite and need for sleep


Street Drugs Names: Amytal, Downers, Nembutal, Phenobarbital, Reds, Red birds, Red devils, Seconal, Tuninal, Yellowjackets
Toxicology Detection: Slowly, about half is metabolized within 48 hours
Phenobarbital may be detected 4 weeks later
Psychological Effects: Like alcohol inebriation, but with greater euphoria and inhibition. Higher doses can lead to memory loss, greater impairment in judgment, paranoia and suicidal ideation
Physical Effects: Sleepiness, slurred speech, decreased respiration, and can lead to death. Tolerance develops quickly and danger of an overdose, especially when taken with another drug, is significant
Withdrawal Symptoms: Same as those of alcohol. Withdrawal can be life-threatening.


Street Drugs Names: Rohypnol, Roofies, Flunitrazepam, Ruffies, Roches, R-2, Valium
Toxicology Detection: 7 to 30 days
Psychological Effects: Aggressiveness, high energy, increased inhibition, may be used prior to "slam dancing" or "Date Rape"
Physical Effects: Drowsiness, loss of memory, consciousness, and motor control; headaches, dizziness, and nightmares afterwards
Withdrawal Symptoms: Withdrawal is life-threatening due to risk of seizures


Street Drugs Names: Tina, YaYo, Coke, Blow
Toxicology Detection: 48 to 72 hours
Psychological Effects: Varies with dose and tolerance, but increased energy, alertness, and euphoria, as well as irritability and insomnia. High doses can cause psychosis, paranoia, and aggressive and antisocial behavior
Physical Effects: High blood pressure and pulse, increased risk for seizures, strokes, heart attacks, and death
Withdrawal Symptoms: Intense physical cravings, irritability, depression, paranoia, and suicidal ideation, sometimes delusions and hallucinations


Street Drugs Names: Acid, Bartman, Bart Simpson, microdots, gelatin chips, window panes/blotter, paper/blotter, fry
Toxicology Detection: 30 hours
Psychological Effects: Hallucinations, distortion of time and space, good trips with pleasant affect, bad trips with paranoia, panic, and agitation
Physical Effects: Subtle changes in body temperature, blood pressure, and pulse, as well as sweating, chills, headache, and nausea
Withdrawal Symptoms: None


Street Drugs Names: Hash Oil, Pot, Refer, Weed, Mary Jane
Toxicology Detection: Occasional use, 1-3 days: Weekly use, persistently positive test: Heavy use, even 1 month after cessation
Psychological Effects: Mild euphoria and relaxation, impaired motor and memory control, sometimes panic and paranoia. Chronic use may lead to apathy, poor judgment, decreased personal hygiene, and some lasting short-term memory impairments
Physical Effects: Higher blood pressure and pulse, increased appetite (munchies), dry (cotton) mouth, dizziness and nausea. Males have low sperm counts, females have irregular menstrual cycles
Withdrawal Symptoms: Insomnia, loss of appetite and weight, irritability, and rebound in REM sleep


Street Drugs Names: Codeine, China White, Darvon, Darvocet, Demerol, Dilaudid, heroin, methadone, Morphine, Percocet, Percodan, Talwin, Vicodin
Toxicology Detection: Sometimes 2 to 4 days
Psychological Effects: Pain relief, sleepiness, euphoria (on the "nod")
Physical Effects: Decreased respiration and motor control, nausea. China White is especially potent
Withdrawal Symptoms: 1 to 3 weeks, physical craving, anxiety, loss of appetite and weight, fatigue, nausea and diarrhea, not life-threatening


Street Drugs Names: Angel Dust, Hog, Horse tranquilizer, Killer joints, Peace pill, Sherman Sticks/tanks
Toxicology Detection: Up to 7 days
Psychological Effects: Feelings of being disconnected from reality, visual distortions, increased strength and aggressiveness, may cause brief psychotic episode
Physical Effects: Stupor, muscle rigidity, coma, convulsions
Withdrawal Symptoms: Violence, muscle rigidity, convulsions, coma, psychosis

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