Drugs of abuse, street names

The following list of commercial and street names of substances of abuse is adapted from the NIDA publication, Commonly Used Drugs.
  • hashish: boom, chronic, gangster, hash, hash oil, hemp
  • marijuana: blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joints, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, sinsemilla, skunk, weed
  • barbiturates: Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital: barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets
  • benzodiazepines (other than flunitrazepam): Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax: candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks
  • flunitrazepam: Rohypnol: forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies
  • gamma-hydroxybutyrate-G: GHB, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy
  • methaqualone: Quaalude, Sopor, Parest: ludes, mandrex, quad, quay
  • ketamine: Ketalar SV: cat Valiums, K, Special K, vitamin K
  • phencyclidine and analogs: phencyclidine; angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill
  • lysergic acid diethylamide: LSD, acid, blotter, boomers, cubes, microdot, yellow sunshines
  • mescaline: buttons, cactus, mesc, peyote
  • psilocybin: magic mushroom, purple passion, shrooms
  • codeine: Empirin with Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine: Captain Cody, schoolboy; (with glutethimide) doors & fours, loads, pancakes and syrup
  • fentanyl and analogs: Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze: Apache, China girl, China white, dance fever, friend, goodfella, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, Tango and Cash
  • heroin: diacetyl- morphine: brown sugar, dope, H, horse, junk, skag, skunk, smack, white horse
  • morphine: Roxanol, Duramorph: M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff
  • opium: laudanum, paregoric: big O, black stuff, block, gum, hop
  • oxycodone HCL: Oxycontin: Oxy, O.C., killer
  • hydrocodone bitartrate: Vicodin: vike, Watson-387
  • amphetamine: Biphetamine, Dexedrine: bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers
  • cocaine: Cocaine hydrochloride: blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot
  • methylenedioxymethamphetamine: MDMA, Adam, clarity, ecstasy, Eve, lover's speed, peace, STP, X, XTC
  • methamphetamine: Desoxyn: chalk, crank, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, ice, meth, speed
  • methylphenidate: Ritalin: JIF, MPH, R-ball, Skippy, the smart drug, vitamin R
  • anabolic steroids: Anadrol, Oxandrin, Durabolin, Depo- Testosterone, Equipoise: roids, juice
  • Dextromethorphan: DXM, found in some cough and cold medications; Robotripping, Robo, Triple C
  • inhalants: Solvents (paint thinners, gasoline, glues), gases (butane, propane, aerosol propellants, nitrous oxide), nitrites (isoamyl, isobutyl, cyclohexyl): laughing gas, poppers, snappers, whippets


Author: Catherine Jolma, MD - 5/2010