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ONLY ON 6: The Secret Drug Code

Street names for drugs are changing constantly and the words being used are so common in everyday language, kids are able to talk about drugs right in front of their parents without mom and dad knowing what their teen is actually talking about. 

A simple word coming out of your kid's mouth could be the key to finding out if he or she is experimenting with drugs or at least talking about them. The problem is, what they're saying probably won't raise any red flags unless you know the secret drug code.

"They'll use common words and common names and they can mean so many different things," said Kris Hennings, a Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department.

 The words are so common it's scary.

 "If somebody says I drank or I used "strawberry quick" listen to how it's used and listen to how it's being said," said officer Hennings.

Believe it or not, Hennings said "strawberry quick" is actually a street name for Methamphetamine. This is just one example of hundreds of drug street or slang names going around Texoma. The biggest problem is the names can change daily depending on the person who uses them and drugs can have multiple names.  We just told you meth is called "strawberry quick" but people also call it "juice."  But "purple juice" is used when talking about purple cough syrup mixed with a beverage. "Cheese" is used for heroine mixed with a sleeping pill. But it doesn't stop there. The list keeps going and going.

Officer Hennings said, "There were some kids talking about footballs and some of the officers were like, they're not really into football as we all know it. What they were doing was talking about a prescription Xanax pill."

But these days officers are having a hard time cracking down the street name meaning of a specific group of drugs.

"The synthetic drugs are the new upcoming thing. I don't know if they will replace meth, cocaine and marijuana but it's just something new," said Sgt. John Spragins, the Public Information Officer for the WFPD.

And Hennings said, "They use things like Cloud 9, Cloud 10, Ivory or Ivy Soap, Ivy Snow, things like that. That changes a lot simply because it's newer to the scene. Right now it's getting a little bit more familiar so kids are coming up with their own little names."

Knowing it's tough on officers is a big alert for parents to pay extra attention. Officer Hennings said being vigilant goes beyond listening to what your kids are saying and the way they're saying it, but also being aware of a change in behavior, habits and even friends.

The secret drug code goes even further beyond just making up names for the drugs themselves. There's a whole different secret language for the way to get drugs and how much.  For example, a drug user, no matter the age, might send a text saying they need "two shirts," but really what they could be asking for is two rocks of cocaine. We want to help you get a head start at researching the secret drug code. On these links you can find a long list of drug names being used on the streets: 

http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs/commonly-abused-drugs-chart

http://www.drugrehab.co.uk/street-drug-names.htm

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

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