Think you know what these have in common?

At first glance, it may seem obvious: they’re all junk food, or they’re bad for you or they’re delicious. But there’s something else that these words share—they’re all slang for drugs. Gum is a name for heroin, candy substitutes for ecstasy and french fries are crack cocaine. These are just three of the more than 2,000 code words the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has identified on a list that’s constantly growing and changing. While it’s impossible to know every street name out there, it’s good to be aware that, many times, younger generations refer to drugs by terms they’ve coined.

To learn more and see some of the most common slang terms, check out the Drug Enforcement Administration’s comprehensive guide.

For more resources on teens and substance use, including helpful tips on how to talk to your kids about it, visit
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