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Street Names and Nicknames for Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that can be used for medical purposes; however, it is highly addictive and therefore can only be prescribed by a doctor in very low doses. Methamphetamine is a white powder that has a bitter taste and no odor. It can be injected, snorted, smoked or ingested.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine changes the brain’s chemistry by blocking dopamine in the brain. When someone uses meth, the drug enters the brain and releases huge amounts of dopamine, causing an extreme high, or euphoria. Chronic use can cause functional and structural changes to the brain, especially to the areas that deal with memory and emotion. It can also cause molecular and chemical changes in the brain, which can be reversed after an extended period of abstinence from the drug.

Other Names for Methamphetamine

There are many, many street names and nicknames for methamphetamine. There are so many names that it would be almost impossible to remember them all. In addition, many change daily because those on the streets need to keep their drug use under wraps so that authorities do not find out.

Here are the currently popular slang terms for methamphetamine:

  • Meth
  • Speed
  • Uppers
  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Christina
  • Go Fast
  • Cookies
  • Cotton candy
  • Dunk
  • Gak
  • Go-go juice
  • No doze
  • White cross
  • Pookie
  • Rocket fuel
  • Scooby Snax
  • Wash
  • Trash
  • Garbage

When meth is combined with other drugs, such as Ecstasy, cocaine, crack and coffee, there are slang terms for those combinations as well. These include “twisters,” “hugs & kisses,” “fire,” “shabu,” “biker coffee” and “party & play.”

There are also various street names and nicknames for meth use. When someone is using meth, they may describe it by any of the following slang terms and phrases: “getting geared up,” “chicken flippin’,” “hot rolling,” “fried,” “foiled,” “speed freak,” “tweaking,” “scattered,” “spun out” and “zooming.”

Why would anyone who does not use drugs need to know these drug terms? Police officers often have to study these ever-changing terms so they can find out about drug use in certain neighborhoods. In addition, it is helpful for parents of teens to know about these terms so they can easily identify drug use in their children. According to Kids Health, methamphetamines cause an increase in energy. If you notice your teen becoming more hyperactive than usual and sleeping less, then they may be using meth. Meth can also cause hot flashes, vision problems, dry mouth, headaches and dizziness, so be wary if your teen complains about any of these problems.

*Methamphetamine Use and HIV/AIDS

Methamphetamine use is often linked to HIV/AIDS. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, here are some reasons why:

  • HIV/AIDS can be transmitted through dirty needles.
  • Meth use can lead to risky behavior, including unsafe sex.
  • In those who already have the disease, meth use can worsen the effects of HIV.
  • Meth use is linked to cognitive impairment in those who have HIV/AIDS.

Getting Treatment for Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine addiction treatment works best when several treatment methods are combined. A combination of counseling, education, support groups and behavioral therapies are often very effective.  Incentive programs, often referred to as contingency management, also work well.

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