Keeping tabs on current slang usage can help support your role as an active and involved parent. Although it may seem silly at times, but a small amount of research can make all the difference and will allow you to nip a cocaine problem in the bud. Cocaine is a drug that relies on continued usage to reinforce the behavior; if you can interrupt this pattern before it is fully established, you will be doing your child a great service.
A surprising amount of children somehow are able to access cocaine and experiment with it. By staying knowledgeable about street terms for cocaine, you can break the cycle of addiction before it even starts. Some of the nicknames for cocaine make it sound attractive and appealing, no doubt the work of dealers and others who would like to enhance the allure of their product. But, for anyone who has ever known a cocaine addict, there is nothing alluring about the devastating and harmful effects it can create in someone’s life. Here are some common street names for Cocaine that your children may use:
- Blow: This seems a bit obvious because of the film bearing this name, but it is still a frequently used term.
- Yayo/Llelo/Yeyo/Yay/Yey: Derived from the Spanish slang names for cocaine.
- Flake/Peruvian Flake/Peruvian
- Candy/Nose Candy: Again these terms reinforce the supposedly “fun” aspects of the drug.
- White Girl/White Horse/Paradise White
- Bumps/Lines/Rails: These phrases address the amount of cocaine used and are a very clear indicator.
It’s also important to keep in mind that your child and their friends may have developed their own “code” words for any drugs they may be using. This is actually quite common. In addition, children will often underestimate how sharp their parents are when it comes to this sort of thing. They may be careless when talking in the house or texting their friends, convinced that their parents aren’t aware of the lingo. By monitoring conversations, you may be able to pick up on any words that seem strange or out of the ordinary. Since slang tends to be very localized, you can attempt to find out what people are calling cocaine in your area.
Sometimes the police department will arrange talks in which they reveal this kind of information, spreading the word at school assemblies and other gatherings. The authorities will be aware of what slang and distribution methods local dealers are using. By attending one of these talks, you may be able to get some further insight into what specific slang words are being used in your community.
You should not feel guilty about trying to pry into your child’s life; the best case scenario is that they are not using cocaine, but the worst case scenario is that they are. Whether it’s eavesdropping on a conversation they’re having with a friend or looking at one of their electronic devices to glean more information, you have that right as a concerned parent. If they are using, then it’s better to know sooner rather than later. You will need to initiate an action plan to ensure that your child does not become just another statistic. For more information on common street names for cocaine and how you can prevent your child from using, please call the helpline at 800-447-9081.