What: Community Forum
When: Thursday, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Willingway Hospital
Contact: Janis Ellington, (912) 682-4230
"Eight ball corner pocket. Who is playing today?" (said to drug dealer) "The Red Sox" (said to buyer) This is code for different kinds of ecstasy pills.
"I want a quart of Ben and Jerry's" (code for ice)
"Has anyone seen tina?" (code for meth)
"I want a bean burrito" (code for ecstasy)
"What you know bout them tree?" (pot)
"I'm fixin a BLT" (rolling a blunt)
"U seen that white girl?" (coke)
"Is Lori n town?"(Lorcet)
"U seen elvis and blue suede shoes?" (Blue lorcets)
"Elvis has left the building" (drug dealer is gone)
Drug dealer would ask, "Are you coming to pick up the girls (coke) or the boys (heroin)?"
Drug dealer would say when the drugs were ready or had arrived, "The eagle has landed."
When one of the students was asking for heroin she would use "horse or junk."
The text messages on your child’s phone look innocent enough. “I want a Ben and Jerry’s.” “Is Lori in town?” “I’m fixing a BLT.” “I want a Bean Burrito.”
Most parents would assume the teenager is going for an ice cream, looking for their friend Lori, making a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, but decides on a bean burrito instead. Right? Wrong.
The text messages actually mean “I want ice (crystal meth),” “Is there any Lorcet?,” “I’m fixing a blunt” and “I want an Ecstasy.”
“With a 2008 study showing four out of five teens carry a wireless device and 47 percent of them reporting that they can text with their eyes closed, we as parents must have our eyes wide open to code names for illicit drugs as we educate ourselves about drug use among our youth,” said Robert Mooney, M.D., addiction psychiatrist for Willingway Hospital in Statesboro.
As part of September 2010 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Month, Willingway Hospital will partner with the Statesboro Police Department to sponsor a community forum on Thursday for interested parents, educators, youth pastors and counselors.
Treatment professionals and representatives from the Statesboro Police Department will educate the community about how teens use mobile messaging to communicate about drugs, the signs of alcohol and drug use in young adults and trends of drug use and abuse in Statesboro.
“Even before electronic messaging, it was difficult for parents to ask specifically about their child’s behavior,” Dr. Mooney said. “Parents have always been the last to know. But now parents are behind the eight ball because they tend to be fairly naïve about electronic devices and technology which adds to the difficulty in addressing this. Parents don’t need to be cyber spies or cyber police, but need to continue to be highly involved in their children’s lives in an electronic age.”
“Mothers and fathers need to be very aware of what’s going on with their child’s computer,” said Scott Brunson, captain of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Statesboro Police Department. “In addition to shortcut language and slang terms, the internet provides ample information on how to make crack, how to manufacture methamphetamines, and how to beat a drug test.”
Often though, drugs that are being misused come right from the unknowing parents.
“A lot of drugs that are in the home medicine cabinet have a value in cyber space. Social networking provides an avenue to find a drug a lot easier,” Dr. Mooney said. Instead of going from person to person, one at a time, a child can send out a Facebook message to hundreds at one time to check out other parents’ medicine cabinets.
Both professionals see a great disconnect between parents and children and too many parents choose not to get involved.
“Parents in our society today don’t want to offend their children and don’t want their children to think they don’t trust them,” Brunson said.
“As our Baby Boomer generation struggles to decipher the shortcut texts and messages pervasive in our youth, the need for face-to-face contact increases with the growth of electronic social networking,” he said.
“Parents need to recognize they still have control over the electronic phenomenon,” Dr. Mooney said. “We want to empower parents to disempower the electronics.”