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15 Street Names for Drugs

Syrup Heads

You probably warn the kids in your life to be careful of cold medicines. Why? because people like to get high on Dextromethorphan cold medicines like Robitussin. It’s strong stuff that is often abused. The people who often abuse the medicine are called “Syrup Heads.”

Vicodin

Vicodin is another medicine that is commonly abused in our nation. Because it can be found in people’s cabinets, it’s not uncommon to see people using it even if it’s not their prescription. It’s especially common to see teens using “Fluff” or “Scratch,” as they call it.

Methamphetamine

Meth is the dangerous and addictive stuff that inspired the hit show Breaking Bad. It goes by a few different names, including “Crank.” Crank refers to low-quality crystal meth. You’ll also hear “Ice” and “Glass” thrown around. Basically, Meth’s nicknames sound like a reference to the 90’s rap scene.

Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a recreational psychoactive drug. Its names are some of the most fun drug names around. Because of the official abbreviation (MDMA), you see names like “Adam” and “Molly.” Its colorful appearance created the nicknames “Candy” and “Skittles.” If you don’t know what Ecstasy does, know that it’s also called “Love Drug.”

Ritalin

You probably know someone legally taking Ritalin for their ADHD. It stimulates the central nervous system for some people and focuses or calms others. It’s commonly abused on college campuses as students are cramming for tests. From what we’ve seen, it has the most diverse collection of names for a drug. Our favorite? “Kibbles and Bits.” Like the dog food.

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Cocaine

We all know cocaine is bad. It’s been around for decades and is showing no signs of going away anytime soon. “Snow,” “Charlie,” “Crack,” and “Coke” are all common names. Our favorite name by far is “Nose Candy.” It sounds like something that somebody who has never done drugs would call cocaine to make themselves sound tough.

Ketamine

Ketamine is a drug that has grown in popularity over the past few years. It’s an anesthetic that people abuse as a hallucinogen. The liquid tranquilizer is dried, diced into a powder, and snorted, often at raves. It goes by the name “Special K.”

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Crunk

“Crunk” has two different meanings, and neither of them are good. It was originally used as a verb referring to people who get high with Marijuana and drunk at the same time. Recently, it’s adopted another meaning. This second meaning refers to mixing soda, crushed pills, and cough syrup. Both the original and the newest meanings of crunk are dangerous.

Cheese

Lots of people love cheese. It’s one of the most beloved foods in the Western world! But that’s not what we’re talking about. When you mix black tar heroin with Tylenol PM, you get a product that looks like grated parmesan cheese. Moral of the story: be careful what you’re putting on your spaghetti!

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Mescaline

Mescaline is a psychedelic drug naturally found in some cacti. Its effects are similar to LSD, and Native American people groups have been using it for almost 6,000 years. Nicknames include “Beans” “Buttons” “Cactus,” and “Chief.” It’s only legal for the Native American Church.

Marijuana

Marijuana is our nation’s most popular drug. It’s been “in” for decades and shows no signs of slowing down. It goes by many names, people names, including “Mary Jane,” “Aunt Mary,” and “Mary Ann.” Basically, if your children are hanging out with “Mary,” make sure she’s a real person and not a code word…

PCP (Phencyclidine)

PCP is strong stuff. It’s a hallucinogenic drug that can lead to some violent behavior. It’s the type of drug that can give you flashbacks even after you've stopped using. It’s most common street name is “Angel Dust,” but you’ll also hear “Elephant Tranquilizer” and “Rocket Fuel” thrown around.

PCP is strong stuff. It’s a hallucinogenic drug that can lead to some violent behavior. It’s the type of drug that can give you flashbacks even after you've stopped using. It’s most common street name is “Angel Dust,” but you’ll also hear “Elephant Tranquilizer” and “Rocket Fuel” thrown around.

Gamma Hydroxybutyrate

You may not have heard of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB). That’s because it’s not used like other drugs are. It’s a central nervous system depressant that has effects similar to alcohol. GHB is often used as a date-rape drug. Its nickname is much more fun than its effects though: Georgia Home Boy.

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Steroids

Steroids have been popular with gym rats for years. It’s the best way to cheat your way to insane gains. It’s not super surprising that people call steroids “Arnolds” after the famous gym rat Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Opium

Illegal drug usage in America has changed drastically over the last few years. Opium is just one of the many drugs that have seen a drastic increase. Because of Opium’s historical ties with China, “Chinese Tobacco” is a common name. You’ll also see “Chocolate” get thrown around a bit, although they aren’t referring to the chocolate we all know and love.

Flunitrazepam

Don’t know what Flunitrazepam is? You’ll probably recognize it by its more common name: Roofies. The date rape pill. If someone you know is buying or in possession of roofies, know that the drug is only ever used to harm others.

LSD

LSD has been popular for decades, and in that time, it’s acquired quite a few different names. “Hippie” is a throwback to the drug’s roots. Like many drugs, LSD got a person’s name as well: “Lucy.” “Tab” is even used because of how the drug is consumed.

OxyContin

Thanks to the Opioid Epidemic sweeping our nation, people have been abusing prescribed pain medicines like OxyContin for years. They call it “Oxy” and “Blue,” neither of which are great at hiding the drug they’re abusing. This drug is finicky and highly addictive, yet it’s still routinely prescribed. If you or a loved one are dependent on it, seek help. 

Candy Flipping

Candy flipping is not something you should consider doing just because Halloween is just around the corner. In fact, it has nothing to do with actual candy. This is what people call it when you combine LSD with ecstasy. Candy flipping makes a drug that sends the users into a euphoric state of bliss. 

Depressants

Any household medication that can be abused will be at some point. Common depressants like barbiturates and benzodiazepines are no different. They’re often called “M&Ms” and “Rainbows” because of their bright colors. “Idiot pills” are also a common name.

Heroin

Antifreeze isn’t just something you put in your car. It’s also a nickname for heroin. So, if someone you know has been talking about antifreeze more than the average person (aka at all), then you might have cause to be worried.

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Codeine

Codeine is a prescribed drug that is often abused. Like many party drinks, it’s made by combining a few interesting ingredients. Mixing codeine, sprite, and jolly ranchers create a drink people simply call “Syrup.” If you really want to be cool, you can even call it “Sizzurp.”

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Bath Salts

Bath salts are synthetic chemicals used as recreational drugs. It's a dangerous “designer drug” that is very hard to detect or test for. Because it’s entirely synthetic, “Cleaning Chemicals” and “Cloud Nine” are common names. In the U.K., they call it “Monkey Dust.”

Fentanyl

With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, Fentanyl is becoming an increasingly dangerous drug to worry about. Street drug manufacturers lace other drugs with Fentanyl so people get addicted. It goes by several names including “Apache,” “China Girl,” and “China Town.”

Mushrooms

You know you shouldn’t eat just any mushroom you find. Witches and toadstools taught us that when we were growing up! (Well, that and to not talk to strangers.) Street names for Mushrooms include “Shrooms,” “Boomers,” and “Caps.”

DMT

Apparently, business people like DMT, the super-strong psychedelic drug. The drug has a surprising number of business-related names. These include “Businessman’s LSD,” “Businessman’s Special,” and “Businessman’s Trip.” If you’re thinking about getting into the business world, be careful...

Poppers

Poppers are chemical inhalants that were popular in the 70s disco scene, and they’ve gained popularity again now. They’re not exactly the most legal way for young people to enjoy the party scene. People started calling the inhalant “Room Deodorizer” and “Heart Medicine” to hide it from authorities. It’s also earned the name “Liquid Gold,” but you won’t get rich using this drug.

Xanax / Valium / Ativan

It wouldn’t be surprising if you have a child taking Xanax, Valium, or Ativan for anxiety. It’s become increasingly common for teens to abuse these drugs, give them to their friends, or drink at parties. “Xannies” and “Bicycle Parts” are more dangerous than you realize.

Nitrous Oxide

A new fad at modern parties is to inhale nitrous oxide, the “Laughing Gas” used in dentist offices. The highs are very short, so people often get high many times. This does a lot of damage to young people’s nervous system. It’s not something to laugh at.

A new fad at modern parties is to inhale nitrous oxide, the “Laughing Gas” used in dentist offices. The highs are very short, so people often get high many times. This does a lot of damage to young people’s nervous system. It’s not something to laugh at.

251-NBOMe

If you haven’t heard of “251” or “N-Bombs,” that’s because the chemical was only created in 2003. It didn’t become a street drug until about ten years ago. It’s extremely dangerous, so be careful that it doesn’t take root in your hometown.