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Glossary of Drug-Related Slang Terms

Words Take on Different Meanings in Drug Culture


Updated February 08, 2014

Crack cocaine rocks

Here is another form of crack cocaine "rocks."

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If you heard your children talking about someone getting snotty, you would probably think were dealing with an attitude problem. If you hear your husband ordering jet fuel, it just might not be for the corporate plane. And the last thing you want to hear is that your daughter has decided to become a rock star.

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 Meanings

For 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.

If you hear them talking about Strawberry Quik, raspberry, syrup and a biscuit, it could be that they are not discussing what they had for breakfast.

The mention of Klingons, the Incredible Hulk, Fat Albert, the Loveboat and Nickelonians doesn't mean they are talking about reruns on television.

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Connie, 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.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | J | K | L
M | N | O | P | R | S | T | V | W | Y | Z

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.

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