6. Beans/Bars/Xannies – Xanax
Like Adderall, Xanax is a drug that’s prescribed to some teens and adults, but is often abused. While sedatives are appropriate for diagnosed anxiety, some young people experiment with them at parties, combining the pills with alcohol. Combined, Xanax and alcohol can do severe long-term damage to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Keep an eye out for the words “xannies” “beans” and “bars.”
Example: “He took a bean last night, probably doesn’t remember anything.”
7. Drank/Sizzurp – Codeine
Codeine is a strong narcotic used to treat pain and coughs. It’s usually in the form of cough syrup, hence the term“sizzurp.” When taken recreationally, which is illegal, codeine is often mixed with a bottle of soda. The combination is called “drank” or “purple drank.”
Example: “Want to pour up some drank? I got sizzurp.”
8. Coke/Yay/Blow/Snow – Cocaine
While cocaine is generally less accessible to teens, it’s still possible to find, given its prevalence on college campuses. Cocaine is the second most frequently used illegal drug globally, after cannabis. If your teen is texting about “yay” “blow” or “snow,” they might be looking for this stimulant. Be aware — it’s extremely addictive, especially when mixed with alcohol.
Example: “We got yay for the party, want some?”
9. X/E/Ecstasy – MDMA
“X” or “E” stands for ecstasy, otherwise known as “molly” or MDMA. The psychoactive substance lasts 3 to 6 hours, increasing heart rate, sexual arousal, and energy levels. Ecstasy is popular for concerts and music festivals. Users often describe it as a “love drug.” Short term, ecstasy raises body temperature and increases blood pressure, which if taken too much, can become fatal. Long term, ecstasy can impair memory and other mental processes.
Example: “Are you going to the concert on Saturday? I’m getting E.”
10. Spice/K2 – Synthetic Cannabis
“Spice” or “K2” are nicknames for synthetic marijuana. The fake substance is much more harmful than actual cannabis — the effects can be similar but are much more likely to be life-threatening. It’s likely that a teen won’t know their cannabis is synthetic, so even if they have experimented with marijuana, it’s important to learn the difference between the real and fake substances. No one has ever died from cannabis use, but hundreds have overdosed from K2 in just the last year.
Example: “This weed doesn’t feel right… I think it might be spice.”
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