New Study Shows How America Talks About Drugs

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If you spent any time in elementary school, you know about the ineffective D.A.R.E program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) that warned you to lay off “dope,” “Mary Jane,” and “reefer”, among countless other pseudonyms for drugs.

Now, a recent study done by the drug education platform, Project Know, has broken down how drug terminology for cocaine, LSD, xanax, MDMA, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, varies throughout America.

To try and understand the unique drug slang used across the country, the platform surveyed over 1,150 American men and women about their evolving language. It looked at whether or not they could correctly identify the drugs in question. Between the two genders, the study claims that “men had more obscure terminology, while women used more common epithets”.

Take a look at the findings by state below:

Cocaine

Heroin

LSD

Marijuana

MDMA 

Methamphetamine

Xanax

Interestingly enough, the results show that between millennials, generation x-ers, and baby boomers, “no generations used the same unique terms for the drugs surveyed”.

Regardless of how you say it, drug use greatly affects the lives of Americans across the country. You can view the full study here.