Each year, a handful of new drugs make their way onto the streets and into the hands of curious teenagers. The result is anything from mild interest to serious addiction – and even near-death experiences. Parents have a duty to stay ahead of trends with new street drugs and keep their children informed about the dangers of these new products.

Street Drug Names


W-18 is a synthetic opioid that is making its way into the U.S. from China. It is known for its extremely high potency and is often found cut with heroin and cocaine. The U.S. has been slow to track its progress and ban the substance, but it is already proving dangerous on the streets.


Another synthetic opioid, Pink also is coming from China. It has been found in a number of counterfeit pill busts throughout the U.S. and is responsible for at least 50 deaths so far. Far more potent than morphine, authorities are cracking down on it.


Another name for the widely popular party drug Ecstasy. While it isn’t exactly new, it is being repackaged and given a new identity, snaring even more unsuspecting teens.


With so many states legalizing marijuana in one form or another, it seems odd that a synthetic version of the plant suddenly would rear its head. Nevertheless, Spice is a synthetic marijuana product that is untested and unsafe for the market.


Another type of synthetic marijuana. These drugs actually go by nearly a dozen names, including AK-47, Scooby Snax and more. The high concentration of THC in these products is used to create hallucinatory effects.


Used to sedate large animals like horses and elephants, the DEA is warning people that carfentanil is making its way to the streets. Even worse, it is extremely potent and difficult to test for as it was never intended for human consumption.

Bath Salts

Despite plenty of news stories, bath salts continue to be widely available on the street and are characterized by extreme violence. Bath salts contain a variety of chemicals that make them dangerous.


Despite so many high-potency synthetics, fentanyl continues to be a problem for communities throughout the U.S., causing death and dangerous overdoses.


A cheap heroin replacement, Krokodil is a dangerous derivative with unpredictable effects due to the widely differing manufacturing processes used in its creation.


Another heroin substitute, Opana has made the news not just for overdoses, but also for HIV outbreaks due to unsanitary injection practices among abusers.

Anthony Louis Center

These are just a few of the new street drugs teenagers are forced to contend with on a daily basis. If your child is displaying sudden changes in personality or acting suspicious, contact the Anthony Louis Center to determine if they are at risk of drug addiction. Our goal is to help young people recover from addiction by learning proper coping mechanisms and inspiring them to change.