As a parent, the last thing that you want to find out, is that your teenage son or daughter is using some sort of drug, especially when you have done all you can, to inform them of the dangers of drug abuse. However, whether through peer pressure, or simple curiosity, many teens these days are experimenting with drugs unfortunately, with many of them trying and becoming addicted to, the very dangerous drug, cocaine.
Your teen will probably use one of the numerous crack cocaine street names when he is speaking to his friends about where and how to buy the drug and, unless you are familiar with at least some of these names, you will be totally unaware that your child is indeed experimenting with this extremely dangerous drug.
Do not simply assume that what your teen is discussing is what he and his friends are going to eat at their usual hangout. If they speak about things such as apple jacks, candy, cookies, French fries, hotcakes, jelly beans, and nuggets, then these are not things that they are going to eat or drink but are all crack cocaine street names, as are the "ice cubes" that he might mention having in his drink as well.
They are not referring to sport or the weather either, if you hear them mention words like base, ball, dice, gravel, grit, hardball, Scrabble, troop, cloud, sleet, hail, or tornado, but are rather using the street terms for crack cocaine, in order that you do not know what they are talking about.
Some crack cocaine street names, if you are not aware of them, might even have you believing that your teen and his mates are discussing music or the latest bands. These include names like badrock, beat, electric kool aid, fat bags, glo, hard rock, Kryptonite, prime time, rock star, Roxanne, and sugar block, any of which could very well be relevant to the music world.
Apart from the above crack cocaine street names, and the hundreds more that your teen might use to disguise the actual topic of conversation while speaking to his friends, there are other things to look out for too, to establish whether or not your child is addicted to cocaine. For example:
Equipment - Check your teenager's room for the standard equipment used by most crack cocaine users which are, a glass pipe, some sort of filter, and a wire pipe cleaner as well, with which to pack the pipe. The glass pipe would have black stains on it from use, and the filter could be in the form of a kitchen pad normally used for scouring pots.
Irrational behavior - Frequent users of cocaine always have the irrational fear that they have spilled some of the drug, and will very often search the floor carefully, for that which they honestly believe they have dropped. Should you find your teen crawling around on all fours peering at the floor, and cannot explain exactly what he is looking for, then you can take it as a sure sign that he or she is using the drug, and needs help urgently.
Physical changes - Telltale signs that your teen is using cocaine include bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, a runny nose, continual sniffing, as well as significant weight loss.
Increased spending - If your teen is spending more money than normal, there is a good chance that he is using the extra money to buy the drug, which is expensive. Should your teen be addicted to cocaine, then there is a good chance that he will begin to steal money from you, or sell items in your home in order to get the cash for his drug habit.
Lack of interest - Another sure sign that your teen may be involved with crack cocaine, is if he suddenly loses all interest in activities that were previously enjoyable to him. He will also care little about personal hygiene and the way he dresses, and his schoolwork will no doubt deteriorate significantly as well.
Hearing your teen using some of the many crack cocaine street names, and noticing the above signs that he is involved with the drug, should be more than enough evidence to convince you to get the help that both you and your teen need, as soon as possible. Not only will you have peace of mind as a parent, but being drug-free, means that your child will live a long and healthy life as well.