• ALCOHOL

    • In the U.S., three teens die a day in alcohol-related car crashes (THE HERALD, Oct. 11, 2007)
    • In 2003, 31% of drivers age 15 to 20 who died in traffic accidents had been drinking (tips for teens The Truth About Alcohol)
    • One drink can make you fail a breath test. (tips for teens The Truth About Alcohol)
    • “Binge” drinking means having five or more drinks on one occasion. Studies show that more than 35% of adults with an alcohol problem developed symptoms - such as binge drinking - by age 19. (tips for teens The Truth About Alcohol)
    • Most teens aren’t drinking alcohol. Research shows that 71% of people 12-20 haven’t had a drink in the past month. (tips for teens The Truth About Alcohol)
    • People who begin drinking by age 15 are 5 times more likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol than those who begin drinking after age 20 (tips for teens The Truth About Alcohol)


    METHAMPHETAMINE

    • Slang for Methamphetamines- Speed, Meth, Crystal, Crank, Tweak, Go-fast, Ice, Glass, Uppers, Black Beauties (Tips for Teens The Truth About Methamphetamine)
    • Giga-jolts of the well-known stimulants caffeine or ephedrine can cause stroke or cardiac arrest when overused (Tips for Teens The Truth About Methamphetamine)
    • Meth use can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain (Tips for Teens The Truth About Methamphetamine)
    • Not everyone is using Meth. In 2003, only 3.2 percent of 12th graders reported having used meth. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Methamphetamine)
    • How can you tell if a friend is using meth? Symptoms of meth use may include:
      • Inability to sleep
      • Increased sensitivity to noise
      • Nervous physical activity, like scratching
      • Irritability, dizziness, or confusion
      • Extreme anorexia
      • Tremors or even convulsions
      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and risk of stroke
      • Presence in inhaling paraphernalia, such as razor blades, mirrors, and straws
      • Presence of injecting paraphernalia, such as syringes, heated spoons, or surgical tubing
      • Some users get hooked the first time they snort, smoke, or inject meth (Tips for Teens The Truth About Methamphetamine)
      • Meth can be made from lethal ingredients like battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, and antifreeze.


    CLUB DRUGS

    • Slang for Club Drugs-Ecstasy: E, X, XTC. GHB: Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Grievous Bodily Harm, Georgia Boy. Ketamine: K, Special K, ket, Vitamin K, Kit Kat. Rohypnol: Roofies, R-2. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Club Drugs)
    • The term “club drugs” refers to a wide variety of drugs often used at all-night dance parties (“raves”), nightclubs, and concerts. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Club Drugs)
    • While ecstasy is considered to be the most frequently used club drug, less than 2% of 8th - 12th graders use it on a regular basis. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Club Drugs)
    • 94 % of teens have never even tried ecstasy. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Club Drugs)
    • Regular use of ecstacy produces long-lasting, perhaps permanent damage to the brain’s ability to think and store memories. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Club Drugs)
    • Some of ecstasy’s effects, like confusion, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and sleep problems, have been reported to occur even weeks after the drug is taken (Tips for Teens The Truth About Club Drugs)


    HALLUCINOGENS

    • Slang for Hallucinogens - Lysergic acid diethylamide: LSD, Acid, Blotter. Psilocybin: Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms. Phencyclidine: PCP, Angel Dust, Boat, Ozone, Wack. Ecstasy: E, X, XTC. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Hallucinogens)
    • Hallucinogenic drugs distort your perception of reality. Hallucinogens cause your sense of space and time to become distorted and cause you to see objects that aren’t really there.(Tips for Teens The Truth About Hallucinogens)
    • Hallucinogens can cause flashbacks. Effects of the drugs including hallucinations, can occur weeks, months, and even years after the use. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Hallucinogens)
    • According to a 2002 study, 94 % of teens have never tried hallucinogens (Tips for Teens The Truth About Hallucinogens)


    INHALANTS

    • Slang for Inhalants - Glue, Kick, Bang, Sniff, Huff, Poppers, Whippets, Texas Shoe-Shine (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)
    • Inhalants are substances or fumes from products such as glue or paint thinner that are sniffed or “huffed” to cause an immediate high. Because they affect your brain with much greater speed and force than many other substances, they can cause irreversible physical and mental damage before you know what’s happened (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)
    • Inhalants starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)
    • Inhalants can kill you instantly (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)
    • Inhalants can kill you the very first time you use them (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)
    • According to a 1998 study, only 1.1 % of teens are regular inhalant users (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)
    • 94% of teens have never even tried inhalants. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Inhalants)


    MARIJUANA

    • Slang for Marijuana - Weed, Pot, Grass, Reefer, Ganja, Mary Jane, Blunt, Joint, Roach, Nail (Tips for Teens The Truth About Marijuana)
    • A single joint contains 4 times as much cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Marijuana)
    • Teens who smoke marijuana are more likely to try other drugs. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Marijuana)
    • According to a 2002 study, about 4 out of 5 12- to 17- year-olds had never tried marijuana (Tips for Teens The Truth About Marijuana)


    COCAINE

    • Slang for Cocaine - Coke, Dust, Toot, Snow, Blow, Sneeze, Powder, Lines, Rock (Crack) (Tips for Teens The Truth About Cocaine)
    • The word “cocaine” refers to the drug in both a powder (cocaine) and crystal (crack) form. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Cocaine)
    • According to 2002 study, less than 1% of teens are regular cocaine users. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Cocaine)
    • 97% of teens have never even tried cocaine. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Cocaine)


    TOBACCO

    • Slang for Tobacco - Cigarettes: Smokes, Cigs, Butts. Smokeless Tobacco: Chew, Dip, Spit Tobacco, Snuff. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, and kidney. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • More than 400,000 Americans die from tobacco-related causes each year, and most of them began using tobacco before the age of 18. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • Approximately 3,000 nonsmokers die of lung cancer each year from breathing other peoples’ smoke (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • Each day more than 3,000 people under age 18 become regular smokers. That’s more than 1 million teens per year. Roughly one-third of them will eventually die from tobacco-related disease. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • According to a 1998 study, less than 20 percent of teens are regular smokers. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • 64% of 12- to 17-year-olds have never even tried a cigarette. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Tobacco)
    • Tobacco companies spend over $160 million in Washington each year to hook smokers (Play On! Oct. 2007)
    • In Washington, about 45 kids begin to smoking every day. (Play On! Oct. 2007)


    HEROIN

    • Slang for Heroin - Smack, Horse, Mud, Brown Sugar, Junk, Black Tar, Big H, Dope, Skag (Tips for Teens The Truth About Heroin)
    • Heroin is highly addictive because it enters the brain so rapidly. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Heroin)
    • Heroin is one of the top two frequently reported drugs by medical examiners in drug abuse deaths (Tips for Teens The Truth About Heroin)
    • According to a 2002 national study, less than 1% report ever having tried it (Tips for Teens The Truth About Heroin)


    STEROIDS

    • Slang for Steroids - Arnolds, Gym Candy, Pumpers, Stackers, Weight Trainers, Juice (Tips for Teens The Truth About Steroids)
    • Other slang terms associated with steroid use include:
    • Roid rages - uncontrolled outbursts of anger, frustrations, or combativeness that may result from using anabolic steroids.
    • Shotgunning - taking steroids on an inconsistent basis.
    • Stacking - using a combination of two or more anabolic steroids.
    • Steroids can make you angry and hostile for no reason (Tips for Teens The Truth About Steroids)
    • The majority of teens aren’t using steroids. Among teenage males, where most steroid use is concentrated, past year use was reported by 2.2 % of 8th graders, 3.6 % of 10th graders, and 2.5 % 12th graders. (Tips for Teens The Truth About Steroids)