With the popularity and rise in use of online text-based communications came the emergence of a new texting language, tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.
In the last ten years, stimulant prescriptions have seen an increase from 5 million to 45 million, while opiate/opioid prescriptions grew from 30 million to 180 million.
We often overhear others using coded, cryptic language and sometimes wonder if they could possibly be referring to drugs.
The following are some current street drug terms or slang drug terms.
Barbiturates and benzodiazepines ("benzos") have also seen dramatic and frightening swells in abuse.
The increased availability of these drugs, coupled with general misperceptions regarding the safety of "doctor-prescribed" medications, has led to exponential growth of drug users, as well as drug abusers.