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Drug Information for Parents
​​​​​​​​​It isn't easy to talk about drugs with your family members, including young children, teens or even young adults. No one likes to think a member of his or her family is involved with illegal drugs or other substances that can lead to criminal behavior, incarceration or even death.
One important step that you can take is to familiarize yourself with what these drugs look like. If you notice these substances in your home, or in the workplace, please contact the Police non-emergency number 703-792-6500 to report the information.

To help parents and other family members recognize some signs of drug use and abuse, the Police Department's School Resource Officers offer the following information on current illegal drugs:

Marijuana (Current street names include weed, herb, pot, smoke, grass, loud, pack, mid, tree and/or green)

  • Physical effects of drug: bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, rapid heartbeat, increased appetite, drowsiness.
  • What to look for: packaging including sandwich baggies, sunglasses cases, ripped baggies and Mason jars.​​​
  • Common methods of use: pipes, bongs and rolled cigars (cigar innards)​
  • Other distinctions: Burning marijuana has a distinct odor that lingers on breath and in clothing/hair, in vehicles, and in rooms.

Marijuana Alternatives

  • THC can be extracted from marijuana to produce a concentrated form of usable THC called marijuana wax.​ This looks like ear wax or dark honey.
  • What to look for: wax paper and rubber/silicone containers that can be smoked in pipes, bongs and e-cigarettes.
  • Synthetic Cannaboids (current street names included K2, spice, scooby snacks, and/or hookah blast)

Heroin (Current street names included dope, smack, H, down, china white, brown, downtown, herron--looks like brown/tan powder)

  • What to look for: syringes, spoons, baggies, foil packages, tourniquets, cotton balls.
  • Common methods of use: snorting (bumping) or injecting (banging).
  • Other distinctions: Heroin is a depressant which causes an intense rush and nodding out. Short-term effects can last three to six hours.​ Causes both physical and psychological addiction.

Prescription Pills

  • Commonly abused prescription pills: opiates, opioids, analgesics and stimulants. brand names may include Xanax, Adderall, Oxycodone, Opana, Dilaudid, Methadone and Fentanyl.
  • Common methods of use: snorting, injecting, taking orally.

LSD - Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (Current street names include acid, tabs, sheets and RC)

  • What to look for: blotter paper within a baggie.
  • Common methods of use: usually taken orally and dissolves on the tongue. Sensitive to touch.
  • Other distinctions​: sedative effects, including amnesia, muscle relaxation, and the slowing of psycho-motor performance.


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