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Cocaine Nicknames and Street Names: What to Listen For

Updated on August 14, 2017

“Drugs are bad, kids, mmmkay?” Says Mr. Mackey, the school counselor from MTV’s hit cartoon series South Park. This is probably the most accurate and educated statement that comes up in the cartoon and couldn’t be more true! With all of the drugs plaguing the streets of America, we truly face an epidemic; one of addiction, loss, and the needless spreading of diseases.

With so many drugs out there, and so many slang terms for them, it can be hard to keep up. As a parent in today’s drug-ridden society, it’s important to study up and keep educating yourself about the drug and all others that are popular today.

As with any street drug, there are many nicknames aside from cocaine. It’s important that concerned parents stay alert and aware of the terms used to reference the drug, and also be aware that if your teenager is using, he or she may have their own lingo made up for it. Here is a list of known cocaine nicknames:

Nicknames for Cocaine

8 Ball
Big Flakes
Big Rush
Fish Scale
Fish Tail
Nose Candy

Nicknames for Crack-Cocaine

It’s also good to be aware of cocaine’s sister drug, crack-cocaine, which is essentially cocaine cooked into a rock form used for smoking out of a glass pipe. Here’s some crack-cocaine nicknames:

Hard Ball
Black Rock
Hard Rock
Ice Cube
Rock Star
Devil Drug
Roxanne (Or rox, a spin off of "rock")
Fat Bags
Snow Coke
Sugar Block

Signs of Suspected Use

If you suspect that your teenager may be using illegal drugs, your best bet is to purchase a drug test at a pharmacy or take them to a doctor to have one done. Catching addiction in the early stages is important in the prevention of their addiction spiraling out of control or even worse, losing their life to overdose.

Teenagers are experts when it comes to hiding things from their parents that they don’t want them to know about, but if you educate yourself on the telltale signs of drug use, you can be a step ahead of the game. Here’s a few ways that may determine if your teenager is using drugs:

  • Weight loss

  • Mood Swings (Outside of the typical teenage hormonal mood swings)

  • Changes in behavior

  • Depression

  • Unusual or erratic behavior

  • Being secretive

  • Decreased performance in school

  • Anxiety

  • Paranoia

  • Dilated pupils (Or pupils not dilating as they should)

Also, the obvious would be finding traces of the drugs themselves, such as baggies with white residue, tiny ziplock baggies, rolled up dollar bills, straws with white residue, cut up straws, and so on.

It’s important that you sit down and talk to your teenagers about the dangers of drug use and ways to deal with peer pressure. Always know where your kids are even if you have to stop by the places they claim to be. You’re not being a “helicopter parent,” as today’s society likes to label, but a responsible one who loves and cares about your kids!

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More Information About Cocaine

Although cocaine use has declined dramatically since the 70’s, it’s history goes much farther back, though not in powder form. It is believed that the ancient Incas chewed coca leaves in order to help them breathe more easily high up in the mountains, and was also used during religious ceremonies amongst the Native Peruvians.

Fast forward to circa 1880’s, a new soda was invented that would become one of the most popular sodas on the market today: Coca-Cola. It got its name due to the ingredient coca leaves being used, and although it’s no longer an ingredient in the popular soft drink, it quickly became a popular beverage due to coca’s addictive nature and euphoric effects. Imagine the outrage of the chronic drinkers when the ingredient was removed in 1903 due to pressure from the general public.

Cocaine was more commonly used in elixir form until the early 1900’s, when it became more popular to snort it, or inhale it in powder form by way of the nasal passages. By 1922, cocaine was banned in the United States due to thousands of deaths from the drug. Banning it didn’t stop people from using it in the 70’s though as a way to get a good boost of energy and stay awake, becoming very popular within the entertainment industry.

As it became increasingly popular, so did drug smuggling into the country. Today, it is still one of the most highly trafficked illegal drugs, and although beginning to decrease in popularity, it is still a drug of choice for many.


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