Drug Street Names

Many substances are discussed or sold illicitly under different drug street names. Some drugs share nicknames, as they share a chemical similarity.

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Glossary Of Drug Street Names

Benzodiazepines

Also known as Bars, Benzos, Blues, Chill Pills, Downers, Nerve Pills, Planks, Tranks, and Zannies.

Brand Name

Generic Name

Street Names

Ativan®

Lorazepam Candy, Downers, Sleeping Pills, Tranks

Halcion®

Triazolam Candy, Downers, Sleeping Pills, Tranks

Klonopin®

Clonazepam K, K-Pin, Pin, Super Valium

Librium®

Chlordiazepoxide Candy, Downers, Sleeping Pills, Tranks

Rohypnol®

Flunitrazepam Date Rape Drug, Forget-Me Pill, La Rocha, Lunch Money, Mind Eraser, Roofies

Valium®

Diazepam Eggs, Jellies, Moggies, Vallies

Xanax®

Alprazolam Bars, Footballs, French Fries, Ladders, School Bus, Xan, Xannies, Z-Bars

Hallucinogens

Drug Type

Street Names

Ayahuasca

Aya, Hoasca, Yagé

DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine)

Dimitri, The Rogan, The Spirit Molecule

GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric)

Date Rape Drug, G, Geeb, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid E

Ketamine

Blind Squid, Cat Valium, Green, Jet, K, K-Hold, Kay, Special K, Super Acid, Vitamin K

Khat

Abyssinian Tea, African Salad, Catha, Chat, Kat, Oat, Qat

Kratom

Biak-biak, Herbal Speedball, Ithang, Kahyam, Ketum, Thom

LSD (D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide)

Acid, Blotter, Dots, Sugar Cubes, Yellow Sunshine

Mescaline

Big Chief, Blue Caps, Buttons, Cactus, Mescal, Moon, San Pedro, Topi

Mushrooms

Alice, Boomers, Caps, Magic Mushrooms, Mushies, Pizza Toppings, Shrooms, Tweezes

PCP (Phencyclidine)

Angel, Angel Dust, Dust, Purple Rain, Rocket Fuel, Stardust, Water, Yellow Fever, Zombie

Peyote

Black Button, Cactus, Green Button, Half Moon, Nubs, Shaman, Tops

Psilocybin

Little Smoke, Magic Mushrooms, Purple Passion, Shrooms

Salvia Divinorum

Diviner’s Sage, Magic Mint, Maria Pastora, Sally-D

Synthetic Cathinones

Bath Salts, Bliss, Cloud Nine, Flakka, Lunar Wave, Scarface, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning

Illicit Drugs

Common Name

Other Names

Black Tar Heroin

Chiva, Mexican Black Tar Heroin, Mexican Tar

Cocaine

Aunt Nora, Batman, Big C, Big Rush, Blow, Candy, Charlie, Coca, Coke, Colombia, Crack, Pearl, Powder, Rail, Snow, Stardust, Stash, White Girl

Cocaine With Heroin

Speedball

Crack Cocaine

Crack, Dice, Garbage, Grit, Hail, Moon Rocks, Nuggets, Sleet, Sugar Block, Tornado, Trash, Trey, Yam, Yay

Heroin

Black Tar, Black Pearl, Black Stuff, Brown Crystal, Brown Rhine, Brown Sugar, Brown Tape, China White, Dope, Dragon, The Dragon, H, He, Horse, Junk, Mud, Number 3, Number 4, Number 8, Sack, Scat, Skag, Skunk, Smack

Marijuana

420, Bud, Broccoli, Cheeba, Chronic, Dope, Flower, Ganja, Grass, Green, Hash, Herb, Hot Stick, Jane, Jay, Jolly Green, Mary Jane, Pot, Roach, Reefer, Skunk, Smoke, Trees, Weed

MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)

Adam, Beans, Candy, Clarity, Dancing Shoes, Disco Biscuits, E, E-Bomb, Egg Rolls, Eve, Happy Pills, Lover’s Speed, Peace, Rolls, Smartees, The Vowel, Vitamin E, Vitamin X

Methamphetamine

Chalk, Christina, Cookies, Crank, Cream, Crystal, Crystal Meth, Ice, Meth, No Doze, No Stop, Pookie, Rocket Fuel, Scooby Snacks, Speed, Trash, Tweek, Wash, White Cross

Synthetic Marijuana

Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie, K2, Moon Rocks, Spice, Zohai

Inhalants 

Chemical Compound

Street Names

Amyl Nitrate

Ames, Amies, Amys, Pearls, Poppers

Isobutyl Nitrate

Aroma of Men, Bolt, Bullet, Climax, Hardware, Locker Room, Poppers, Quicksilver, Rush, Snappers, Thrust

Nitrous Oxide

Buzz Bomb, Hippie Crack, Laughing Gas, Whippets

Opioids

Generic Name

Brand Name

Street Names

Buprenorphine

Suboxone®, Subutex® Big Whites, Buse, Oranges, Small Whites, Sobos, Stops, Strips, Sub, Subs

Codeine

Captain Cody, Cody, Little C, Schoolboy

Codeine With Promethazine

Phenergan®-Codeine Syrup Act, Lean, Purple Drank, Sizzurp, Texas Tea

Fentanyl

Actiq®, Sublimaze® Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, TNT

Hydrocodone

Lortab®, Norco®, Vicodin® Bananas, Dro, Fluff, Hydros, Tabs, Vikes, V-itamin, Watson-387, 357s

Hydromorphone

Dilaudid®, Exalgo® D, Dillies, Footballs, Juice, Smack

Meperidine

Demerol® Demmies, Pain Killer

Methadone

Dolophine®, Methadose® Amidone, Dollies, Dolls, Fizzies, Mud, Red Rock, Tootsie Roll

Morphine

Duramorph®, MS Contin® God’s Drug, M, Miss Emma, Monkey, Morpho, White Stuff

Oxycodone

OxyContin® 30s, As, Berries, Blues, Blueberries, Hillbilly Heroin, Ms, O.C., Oxy, Oxycet, Oxycotton, Ozone, Roxy
Percocet® Ercs, Greenies, Kickers, M-30s, Percs, Rims, Tires, Wheels, 512s

Oxymorphone

Opana® Biscuits, Blue Heaven, Mrs. O, O Bomb, Octagons, Stop Signs

Propoxyphene

Darvocet®, Darvon® Footballs, N’s, Pink Footballs, Pinks, Yellow Footballs, 65s

Tramadol

Ultram® Chill Pills, Trammies, Ultras

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Over-the-Counter Drugs

Drug Name

Street Names

Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine®)

Dime, Dime Tabs, Substance D

DXM (Dextromethorphan)

Dex, Dextro, Drix, Poor Man’s Ecstasy, Red Devils, Robo, Robotripping, Triple C, Tussin, X

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®)

Chalk, Crank, Meth, Speed

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Sleeping Pills

Drug Name

Street Names

Ambien®, Lunesta®, Sonata®

Date Rape Drug, Forget-Me Pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, Roofies, Roofinol, Rope, Rophies

Amytal®

Barbs, Red Birds, Reds, Yellows, Yellow Jackets

Stimulants

Drug Type

Drug Name

Street Names

Amphetamine

Adderall®, Dexedrine® Addies, Bennies, Black Beauties, Crosses, Hearts, LA Turnaround, Speed, Truck Drivers, Uppers

Antidepressants

Paxil®, Prozac®, Zoloft® Bottled Smiles, Happy Pill, Miracle Drug, Wonder Drug

Diet Pills

Phentermine, Adipex® Crank, Fastin, Fen-Phen, Speed

Methylphenidate

Concerta® JIF, MPH, Pineapple, Skippy
Ritalin® Kibbles and Bits, R-Ball, The Smart Drug, Vitamin R

Steroids

Nandrolone, Testosterone Arnolds, Gym Candy, Juice, Muscle Builders, Pumpers, Roids, Stackers, Weight Gainers
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It Doesn’t Matter What They’re Called

Drugs have many names. Part of the reason for that is because the people who use them often want to hide what they’re doing. The answer to why they might want to do that is no secret: drugs can be illegal, harmful, and addictive. If you or a loved one might be struggling with problematic substance use, don’t get lost in the particulars. Get help now. Contact a treatment provider to take the next step.

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