Street Drug Testing
Street drugs are common illicit drugs you can buy on the street. Two of the most commonly used street drugs are heroin and cocaine. Many people consider cocaine and heroin to be hard-core street drugs, but increasingly, younger people in all kinds of communities across the country are using these dangerous drugs.
Heroin and cocaine both have a huge impact on the health of the brain and the body. Both are illegal and highly addictive. They are commonly snorted, smoked, and injected. Sometimes these drugs are used in combination, which can be even more dangerous. Other names for cocaine include blow, bump, C, candy, coke, crack, rock, and snow. Heroin sometimes goes by smack, horse, dope, skin, skag, white horse, and brown sugar.
Crystal meth is another common street drug. The effects of crystal meth are devastating. In the short-term, users will become sleep-deprived and anxious, and in the long-term, it will cause their flesh to sink, as well as brain damage and damage of the blood vessels. The TV series Breaking Bad showed the very dangerous conditions surrounding the production, sale, and use of methamphetamine. Users are often called tweakers.
It doesn't end there, either. New substances are always showing up.
New Drugs Popping Up on the Street
- W-18: A synthetic opiate-like fentanyl that produces a heroin-like high; 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and10,000 times more powerful than morphine
- Flakka: Similar to bath salts; resembles small white rocks, hence the name "gravel." Can be cut with anything from clonazepam (a muscle relaxer) to rat poison
- Kratom: Made from the leaf of a tree indigenous to Thailand. It's a psychoactive plant that can act as a stimulant or depressant, depending on the dosage. It's dangerously addictive
- Purple/lean: A codeine syrup known as promethazine-codeine, a prescription cough syrup. Its active ingredients are codeine, a narcotic, and the antihistamine promethazine. Effects are sedation and altered levels of consciousness
- Bath salts: A dangerous stimulant similar to amphetamines. The side effects are agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality, high blood pressure, and increased pulse
- K2 or spice: A mixture of herbal and spice plant products, sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and often contaminated with unknown toxic substances. Effects are hallucinations, vomiting, agitation, violent behavior
- Vitamin K or Special K: This is ketamine with hallucinatory effects similar to PCP. It's often known as a date rape drug
- Molly: A variation of ecstasy. Users are unable to regulate body temperature, heart rate, and breathing
- Acetyl fentanyl: More potent than heroin. ERs stock naloxone, an antidote to acetyl fentanyl and other opioids
For more common street drugs along with slang names, please see the boxes at the end of the page
Substance Abuse: What Should You Look For?
If you suspect a family member, friend, child, or co-worker is using illicit drugs, there are signs and symptoms to look for, including:
- Changes in friends
- Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, or declining grades
- Subtle changes in conversations with friends, e.g. more secretive, using “coded” language
- Bottles of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
- New use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol
- Increased secrecy about possessions or activities
- Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors
- Change in clothing choices: new fascination with clothes that highlight drug use
- Increase in borrowing money
- Evidence of drug paraphernalia, such as pipes and rolling papers
- Evidence of use of inhalant products, such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products; rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories
- Missing prescription drugs — especially narcotics and mood stabilizers
Street drug testing can help identify the use of illicit drugs and get individuals on the path to sobriety. Contact US Drug Test Centers for assistance with drug testing in all areas of the United States. We have more than 20,000 locations around the nation.