Green’s Dictionary of Slang

skate v.2

[skating should be on ice but this antedates ice n.1 (5); thus ? ref. to snow n.1 (2)]

(US drugs) to use morphine or cocaine.

[US]R. McAlmon Miss Knight (1963) 50: If she was skatin’ – you know, coke, I mean, and they sells it in this burg by the bowlfuls.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 314: skate. To use morphine.