Parents, it's time for a pop quiz:
1. Do you know the meaning of "dabbing," "double cup" or "pharm party"?
2. If your kid wears a T-shirt asking "Where's Molly?" or "Got kush?" do you know what they're talking about?
3. Why is hand sanitizer causing trips to the ER?
If you are stymied by these questions, welcome to the ever-changing drug world.
If you are a parent and don't know these terms or trends, Boise Police Alcohol Compliance Officer Jermaine Galloway has some advice: Educate yourself now.
"Your kids already know more about what is going on than you do," he said. "You need to engage."
TALK TO YOUR KIDS
Parents who think they don't need to talk to their children about drugs because they believe they'd never use them, or are waiting until their child is well into their teens to have the talk, are making a big mistake, Galloway said.
"That is the worst choice you can make," he said. "You are already second in line. You are already behind the curve."
If parents do not tell their kids about drugs, others will, he said: "The streets are more than happy to educate your kids."
Galloway suggests talking to kids as young as age 10 or 11, and even younger if they have older siblings. He suggests frequent and informal conversations, not a once-a-year don't-do-drugs speech. Parents must listen carefully, he said.
He recommends asking a child's thoughts on song lyrics, movie scenes or pop culture references. "Let them do most of the talking, then build your talking points off what they say," he said.
Parents need to check their kids' rooms and monitor social media accounts and computer use for signs of substance abuse, he said.
"Parents need to be the first line of defense. The more you catch in your home, the less stuff I have to catch on the street," Galloway said.
Even kids who vow to stay away from drugs are aware of and exposed to the culture. Between the Internet, social media, music, videos and movies, teens are inundated with drug-culture references.
"You will be shocked at how much they know," Galloway said.
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD WORRY ABOUT
Despite the long list of available illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs legal and easily obtained are most popular among local teens, police say.
Alcohol and prescription drug abuse lead to the most ER visits, said Dr. Eric Elliott, Saint Alphonsus emergency room director. But the hospital has seen overdoses on less common drugs, such as the designer drug 25i and "whippits" inhaling the propellant in aerosol whipped cream.
Elliott's advice: If you know someone who has a problem with substance abuse, take them to a hospital emergency room.
"People who come here for help, we get them help. We have the resources to connect them with help," he said.
COMING TO IDAHO: NEW DRUGS
Idaho might be rural, but it's not immune to new or hard drugs, Galloway said. Also, Idaho lies between two states that recently legalized marijuana (Washington and Colorado) and is adjacent to three others (Montana, Nevada and Oregon) that allow medical marijuana. That means a lot of pot-related traffic moves through the state. New drugs tend to originate on the West or East Coast, and then work their way to the opposite coast.
"If it is not here now, it is going to be," Galloway said.
One example is 25i, a synthetic that first appeared around 2010. The drug made its way to Boise this fall, leading to six overdoses, including two teens, since September.
Also new: Liquid and wax forms of marijuana Boise police discovered when they raided a house near Boise State this week. The highly potent cannabis concentrate, called hash oil or dabs, can be vaporized using devices similar to electronic cigarettes.
The latest bad idea? Drinking hand sanitizer. "They have high levels of alcohol in them 70 percent alcohol," said Galloway. "That's 140 proof."
Just keeping up with the latest drugs and trends is a task. The laws have to catch up to designer drugs. Slang is amorphous and varies from place to place, generation to generation.
And everyone can learn about drugs on the Internet. "If you see a term or hear a term you do not know, Google it," Galloway said.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428