In the world of illicit drugs, a separate culture has developed with its own language in which ordinary sounding words can take on entirely different meanings. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has compiled a database of more than 2,300 terms that have a different meaning in the drug culture - street terms that refer to specific drug types or drug activity.
Common Terms, Different MeaningsFor example, if you hear your kids talking about hugs and kisses, candy sticks or gym candy it could mean something very different from what it sounds like.
Learn More Drug TermsConnie, Buck and Belushi may not be new friends at school. Even the mention of lemonade, Lipton Tea and a Pepsi habit could mean something more sinister than it sounds.
If you heard someone close to you making drug-related references, would you know? Here's an index of hundreds of street terms related to drugs and drug activity, organized alphabetically.
If you think someone in your family is involved in drugs, but you are not sure, take this quiz to see if they are showing other signs of drug use.