Common Street Names for Popular Drugs
The streets of the United States are flooded with various drugs and drug combinations. With so many substances being sold illicitly on the street, users and dealers alike develop codes in the form of street names to refer to various substances, typically based off of their name or the effects of the drug.
Marijuana is a commonly used DEA schedule I cannabinoid. The drug can either be smoked or swallowed, and is known by street names including weed, smoke, dope, reefer, green, skunk, Mary Jane, blunt, bud, grass, pot, ganja, herb, trees and sensimilla.
Heroin is a DEA Schedule I opiate drug derived from morphine. Heroin can be smoked, injected or snorted, and is considered a depressant. Common street names include, smack, skag, dope, junk, sugar, H, brown, china white and white horse.
Cocaine is a DEA Schedule II stimulant drug derived from the coca plant. Cocaine users inject, snort or smoke the drug. Common street names include blow, snow, crack, candy, toot, rock, flake, coke, bump and C.
Amphetamine is a DEA Schedule II stimulant. The drug can be smoked, swallowed, snorted or injected. Common street names include uppers, bennies, crosses, black beauty, LA turnarounds, hearts and truck drivers.
Methamphetamine is a DEA Schedule II synthetically made stimulant. The drug is smoked, inhaled, swallowed and snorted. Common street names include crystal, fire, crank, ice, chalk, glass, speed and go fast.
Ketamine, or Ketalar SV, is a DEA Schedule III dissociative drug, commonly used by veterinarians as an anesthetic. Users inject smoke or snort the drug. Common street names include special K, K, cat Valium and Vitamin K.
PHP, or Phencyclidine is a DEA Schedule II dissociative drug. The drug can be smoked, injected or swallowed, and goes by street names such as angel dust, peace pill, hog, boat and love boat.
Flunitrazepam is a DEA Schedule IV club drug more commonly known as Rohypnol. Users can swallow or snort the drug. Common street names include roofies, date rape drug, forget-me pill, roofinol, rope, Mexican Valium, rophies and R2.
MDMA, or methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine, is a DEA Schedule I club drug. Users swallow, inject or snort the drug for its mild hallucinogenic effects. Common street names include ecstasy, uppers, Adam, Eve, clarity, lover’s speed and peace.
GHB, or gamma-hydroxybutyrate, is a DEA Schedule I club drug that is swallowed by its users. Common street names include liquid ecstasy, soap, G, grievous, Georgia home body, bodily harm, scoop, liquid X and goop.
Psilocybin is a psychedelic substance found in many mushroom species, and is considered a DEA Schedule I drug. Users swallow the mushrooms for their hallucinogenic effects. Common street names include magic mushrooms, shrooms, purple passion and little smoke.
LSD or Lysergic acid diethylamide, is semi-synthetic schedule I hallucinogen. Users swallow LSD or let it dissolve in the mouth. Common street names include acid, blue heaven, blotter, microdot yellow sunshine and cubes.
Steroids, more specifically anabolic-androgenic steroids, are a DEA Schedule III drug. Users swallow, inject or apply the drug to the skin. Common street names for anabolic steroids include roids, gym candy, juice and pumpers.
Prescription painkillers, central nervous system depressants and stimulants are all widely abused outside of their prescribed purposes. For example, the opioid pain killers Oxycodone and Oxycontin are commonly abused under street names like Oxy, hillbilly heroin, Vike, percs and OC. Prescription CNS depressants like barbiturates go by names like barbs, tooies and yellow jackets. Prescription stimulants like Methylphenidate, more commonly known by brand names Ritalin or Concerta, go by street names like Skippy, the smart drug and Vitamin R.
While drugs go by various fun or catchy street names, the overall effects of drug use are devastating. In fact, street names of different drugs may overlap, further clouding exactly what you may be taking. Mix-ups can result in possible severe side effects and even death. It’s important to seek treatment before it’s too late. Inpatient treatment can help provide the support and skills you need to move forward towards a better and healthier life.