Drug Slang

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, there are common slang terms for drugs that you should become aware of. Although there are plenty of medical terms used to describe drugs and alcohol, there are also numerous street names for drugs out there that you may be less familiar with. By educating yourself on these popular slang drug terms, you will be more likely to identify an addiction, especially if the addict is being deceitful or is in denial. If you have any suspicions, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the most popular drug slang and to keep an eye out for signs of addiction. If you are worried that your loved one is heading down the wrong path, let us step in. With our Philadelphia addiction treatment, we help people just like you get their loved ones the help they need.

Drug Slang List

There are so many drug street names out there already, not to mention the new drug slang terms created all the time, but we have compiled a list of some of the most common drug slang that you should be aware of.


Category of powerful stimulants that are often used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD). They work on the central nervous system. Some people abuse these drugs to help them focus and eventually become addicted. There are multiple prescription medications that contain amphetamines.

Common drug slang names for amphetamines 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
  • Zoomers



A strong stimulant drug that is usually snorted. Cocaine comes from the coca plant that it most often found in South America. This drug is most often used recreationally and comes in the form a fine white powder. People on cocaine will experience excitability, euphoria, increased mental alertness, and overconfidence.

Common street names for cocaine 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
  • Zip


Crack Cocaine:

A form of cocaine that can be smoked, known as freebasing. This substance is extremely addictive because of its intense high, and addicts can become completely preoccupied with the drug. Crack cocaine typically comes in the form of crystal rocks that range from white to yellow. When crack cocaine is burned it smells like chemicals.

Street names for crack cocaine 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
  • 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 for these cough medicines include:



An increasingly dangerous synthetic opioid that’s either prescribed or illegally used. It has a high risk for addiction and dependence as it is 100 times more potent than morphine. There is also a large risk of overdose.

Fentanyl slang names include:



A very addictive opioid that’s used illegally, often injected. Heroin can also be smoked. Heroin is illegal in the United States, but some other countries use it for pain relief. In a pure form, heroin is a fine white powder, but more often than not it is gray, brown, or black.

Heroin 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
  • Wings



A strong hallucinogen and psychedelic drug that can cause confusion and a change in their perception of reality. LSD is synthetic and typically comes in a crystal form that’s odorless and colorless.

Common slang terms for LSD 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
  • Zen



A plant that’s smoked, often considered a gateway drug. Marijuana comes from the Cannabis plant and is used both recreationally and medicinally


Slang terms for marijuana 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
  • Zambi



A club drug that produces euphoria, typically taken in pill form. Someone on this drug will feel increased energy, pleasure, as well as empathy and can cause distorted perception of time and surroundings. These effects can last several hours.

MDMA street names include:



A central nervous system stimulant that includes medications for ADHD. It can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken as a pill.

Nicknames for methamphetamines include:

  • Aqua
  • Bump
  • Chalk
  • Clear
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Crank
  • Fizz
  • Hard Ones
  • Hot Ice
  • Ice
  • Lemon Drop
  • Meth
  • Soap Dope
  • Yellow Barn
  • Zip



A prescription drug used to treat anxiety and other issues can be highly addictive. It is a benzodiazepine that creates a calming effect.

Other names for Xanax include:

Does this drug slang sound all too familiar? If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, our drug intervention services in Philadelphia can assist you in getting your loved one professional addiction help. Call Banyan Philadelphia today to get your loved one started on the recovery journey. They will thank you one day.