If you are worried that your loved one is suffering from addiction, there are common slang drug terms to become aware of to better understand the disease of addiction. There are numerous medical terms used to define drugs and alcohol. Educating yourself on the popular slang drug terms will help you better identify addiction when there may be a lot of deception and denial taking place. When you keep an eye out for these slang terms you will be able to better identify if there is addiction present. If you are worried that your loved one is spiraling downhill, Banyan Treatment Center can guide them in the right direction. Our drug and alcohol treatment center in Pompano Beach can help so many individuals overcome addiction and sustain long-term recovery.

Slang Drug Terms


Amphetamines: Category of powerful stimulants that are often used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD). Common drug street 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.

Barbiturates: A synthetic drug that depresses or slows down the body’s functions. It can be used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Common slang terms include: Reds, Yellows, Barbs, Blubirds, Blues, Tooies, Downers, Rainbows, Yellow Jackets

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 for cocaine include: 501s, Apple Jack, Beemer, Blowcaine, Bomb, Breakfast of Champions, Bump, Candy, CD, Cloud Nine, Devil Smoke, Dime Special, Eye Opener, Ice, Kryptonite, Nuggets, Pony, Slab, Speed Boat, White Ball, and Yale.

Codeine:  Often referred to as Captain Cody, people might also mention dirty sprite or lean. Other terms include Purple drank, purple tonic, and purpp. Some use schoolboy, sip-sip, sizzurp, syrup, or Texas tea to describe usage of this substance.

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, 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.

PCP (Phencyclidine): Commonly called by names such as Bust a heemi or dusting. Others might refer to its use as getting wet or ghost busting. Additionally, when combined with crack cocaine, terms like space basing or space blasting are used.

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


What Are Some Slang Terms For Crystal Methamphetamine Users And Using Meth?

Users of Crystal Methamphetamine: People who use crystal meth are often referred to by various slang terms, including cranker, cranker man, geeker, and jibhead. Some other common nicknames are meth head, meth maggot, meth monster, smack head, speed freak, and tweaker. 

Using Crystal Methamphetamine: The act of using meth has its own set of slang expressions, such as blowing clouds, clouds, smokin' rain, tweaking, and twirling. 

Meth Paraphernalia: Tools and equipment used for consuming meth also have specific nicknames, including booger pipe, bowlo, bubble, and chalet. Other terms used are glass rose, jib whistle, monkey crusher, oil burner, peezo, pelo, pipa, pookie, shwok, and twizzal stick.


What to Do if Your Child is Using Drug Nicknames

If you hear your child, friend, or loved one using slang for drugs, drug jargon alone is not enough to identify an active addiction. You should also keep a lookout for signs of addiction, including behavioral or physical changes


If you suspect that your loved one is using drugs, reach out to our team at Banyan Treatment Center Pompano. We can offer help for your loved one, giving them the guidance they need to get and stay sober. Contact us today: 888-280-4763.