Drug Lingo: Know What to Listen for

Have you ever heard your teenager reference the time “4:20?” Many parents don’t realize that 420 (pronounced “fourtwenty”) is a “secret code” for a time to get high. The reference to 420 presumably dates back to ’70s stoner lingo but is still widely recognized by the youth of today. Some people have even designated April 20th as “National Pot Smokers Day.”

If you hear your teenager reference 420, see that he is using the term while instant messaging with friends or has a 420 sticker on his car or backpack, call him on it. Let him know you know what he’s talking about and set up a time for a longer conversation about your family’s no tolerance policy for drug and alcohol use.

Some other used terms are:

  • Crunking: To get drunk on alcohol and high on drugs at the same time.
  • Dexing, robotripping or robodosing: To abuse cough syrups or other medications that contain dextromethorphan.
  • Toke up, burn a stick, burn one: To smoke marijuana.
  • Go fast, tweaking, spinning, cranking, getting glassed, and getting fried: To use methamphetamine.
  • Doing up, shooting up, chasing the tiger, and going on the nod: Terms associated with using heroin.

Teens and Drugs on the Web

A new study by the Caron Treatment Centers found that one in 10 messages on the Internet involved teens seeking advice from their peers on how to take illicit drugs. The messages were posted on common online message boards, forums, and social network sites. Here are some examples:

Cheese: This is a hazardous mix of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM (or other medicines containing diphenhydramine). It looks like grated parmesan cheese — thus the name. There were more than 20 teen deaths in Dallas and surrounding neighborhoods that have been attributed to Cheese since it was identified in 2005.

Candy flipping: This term refers to a high that’s achieved by combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or acid with ecstasy.

You can use this drug slang translator to learn the latest drug slang terms kids are using.  http://www.noslang.com/drugs/dictionary/