Slang Glossary

 If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, there are common slang terms to become aware of. There are plenty of medical terms used to describe drugs and alcohol and educating yourself on the popular slang drug terms will help you identify addiction when there may be a lot of deception and denial taking place. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these common terms and keep an eye out for signs of addiction. If you are worried that your loved one is heading down the wrong path, Banyan Treatment Center can help. Our Philadelphia addiction treatment can guide so many struggling individuals through the recovery journey.

Amphetamines: Category of powerful stimulants that are often used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD). Common slang names include: Amy, Addys, Beans, Black Birds, Black Mollies, Cartwheels, Chunk, Diablos, Diet Pills, French Blues, Greenies, Horse Heads, Jelly Babies, Lid Poppers, Little Bombs, Morning Shots, Peaches, Pixies, Speed, Sweeties, TR-6s, Truck Drivers, Wheels, and Zoomers.

Cocaine: A strong stimulant drug that is usually snorted. Common slang names include: A-1, Angel Powder, Audi, Belushi (when mixed with heroin), Big C, Blanco, Blizzard, BMW, Blow, C-Dust, Candy, Cecil, Chevy, Coca-Cola, Coke, Crusty Treats, Death Valley, Devil’s Dandruff, Double Bubble, Dust, Florida Snow, Gold Dust, Happy Dust, Heaven Dust, Icing, Movie Star Drug, Nose Candy, Paradise White, Powder, Racehorse Charlie, Sleigh Ride, Speedball (when mixed with heroin), White, White Lady, and Zip.

Crack Cocaine: A form of cocaine that can be smoked, known as freebasing. Street names include: 501s, Apple Jack, Beemer, Blowcaine, Bomb, Breakfast of Champions, Bump, Candy, CD, Cloud Nine, Devil Smoke, Dime Special, Eye Opener, Freebase, Ice, Kryptonite, Nuggets, Pony, Slab, Speed Boat, White Ball, and Yale.

Cough Medicine: Certain cough medicines can contain ingredients that produce psychoactive effects and they can easily be misused and lead to addiction. Common street names include: drex, robo, rojo, red devils, poor man’s ecstasy, drank, velvet, triple C, and orange crush.

 Fentanyl: An increasingly dangerous opioid that’s either prescribed or illegally used. Slang names include: Apache, Butter, China White, Crazy One, Dragon, Fent, Fenty, Jackpot, and Lollipop.

Heroin: A very addictive opioid that’s used illegally, often injected. Slang names include: Antifreeze, Aunt Hazel, Big H, Bird, Black Olives, Black, Sheep, Black Tar, Brick Gum, Brown Sugar, Capital H, Cement, Chocolate, DOA, Diesel, H, Salt, Smack, Roofing Tar, Tootsie Roll, and Wings.

LSD: A strong hallucinogen and psychedelic drug that can cause confusion. Common slang terms include: Acid, Black Star, Blue Heaven, Blue Sky, California Sunshine, Coffee, Dental Floss, Dots, Electric Kool Aid, Hawaiian Sunshine, Jesus Christ Acid, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Pink Panthers, Pizza, Pure Love, Purple Haze, Sunshine, White Dust, and Zen.

Marijuana: A plant that’s smoked, often considered a gateway drug. Slang terms include: 420, African Bush, Aunt Mary, Blue Crush, Broccoli, Catnip, Colorado Cocktail, Dojo, Gold Leaf, Green Goblin, Hash, Jamaican Gold, Khalifa, Leaf, Stavia, Smoke, Stems, and Zambi.

MDMA: A club drug that produces euphoria, typically taken in pill form. Street names include: Dancing Shoes, E, E-Bomb, Ecstasy, Love Drug, Love Potion #9, Molly, Rolling, Scooby Snacks, XTC, and X.

Methamphetamines: A central nervous system stimulant that includes medications for ADHD. Names include: Aqua, Bump, Chalk, Clear, Colorado Rockies, Crank, Fizz, Hard Ones, Hot Ice, Ice, Lemon Drop, Meth, Soap Dope, Yellow Barn, and Zip.

Xanax: A prescription drug used to treat anxiety and other issues, can be highly addictive. Names include: Bars, Footballs, Planks, Sticks, School Bus, Xanies, Zannies, and Z-Bars.

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