Words to know

Does it seem like your kid speaks another language? Here are some slang words and terms for savvy parents:


  • Big C
  • Nose Candy
  • Rock
  • Snow
  • Snow Birds
  • White Dragon
  • Rock
  • Freebase
  • Flake
  • Coke

Couch surfing:

Temporarily staying in the residence of multiple friends or acquaintances after running away from home.

Crack Cocaine:

  • Crank
  • Crystal
  • Chalk
  • Crystal meth
  • Glass
  • Tweak
  • Speed
  • Black beauties
  • Ice

Fake Weed:

  • Mojo
  • K2
  • Spice
  • Genie
  • Zohai

Lot lizards:

Teenage and older prostitutes at truck stops – truckers are a source of money and transportation for some runaways.


  • Ganja
  • Kif
  • Herb
  • Chronic
  • Mary Jane
  • Reefer
  • Skunk
  • Boom
  • Grass
  • Weed
  • Gangster

Safe home:

Placement for a runaway if returning home to the parents is not an option.

Street kids:

Children who lack a safe living environment and tend to stay on the street.  They may fall victim to or be exploited by a predatory adult or predatory juvenile.


Children whose parents or guardians force them to leave the home or do not allow them to return home.


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