Glossary of Slang Drug Names

Our drug and alcohol treatment center in Chicago provides addiction treatment services for various substance abuse problems at different stages of severity. It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your loved one is abusing drugs because you are unfamiliar with the slang drug names that they may be using. Because we work so closely with addicts on varying substances, we have decided to provide a drug glossary of common slang terms for drugs to help. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these drug street names so that you can better identify addiction when there might be deception taking place from your loved one.

Slang Names for Drugs You Should Be Familiar With

Amphetamine Street Names

Amphetamines are stimulants that affect the central nervous system. They include Adderall, Benezedrine, Ephedrine, Ritalin, and methamphetamine. Someone on one of these drugs will often have more energy, be more focused, and may be overly confident.

Common slang names for Amphetamines include:

  • Speed
  • Morning Shots
  • Black Mollies
  • Addys
  • Beans
  • Jelly Babies
  • Black Birds
  • Chunk
  • Amy
  • Diablos
  • French Blues
  • Cartwheels
  • Little Bombs
  • Greenies
  • Horse Head
  • Lid Poppers
  • Pixies



Methamphetamine can be extremely hazardous to a person’s health. If your loved one is abusing this drug, they must be admitted into our Chicago meth treatment program immediately. Common slang names for methamphetamine specifically include:

  • Meth
  • Crank
  • Ice or Hot Ice
  • Zip
  • Soap Dope
  • Aqua
  • Bump
  • Colorado Rockies


Street Names for Barbiturates

These synthetic drugs are sedatives that slow down the central nervous system. There are many different types including Nembutal, Luminal, Seconal, Butisol, and more. Some common drug slang names for barbiturates include:

  • Downers
  • Barbs
  • Blues
  • Blubirds
  • Tooies
  • Rainbows
  • Reds
  • Yellows
  • Yellow Jackets


Street Names for Cocaine & Crack Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant. It is often snorted for recreational use and may be mixed with heroin. Common slang names for cocaine include:

  • Coke
  • Dust
  • Blow
  • Snow
  • White
  • Angel Powder
  • Coca-Cola
  • Heaven Dust
  • Devil’s Dandruff
  • Nose Candy
  • Line
  • Rail
  • Blizzard
  • Blanco
  • Big C
  • Paradise White
  • Racehorse Charlie
  • Sleigh Ride
  • White Lady
  • Cecil
  • Chevy
  • BMW
  • C-Dust
  • Crusty Treats
  • Double Bubble
  • Death Vallley
  • Gold Dust
  • Movie Star Drug
  • A-1
  • Belushi (when mixed with heroin)
  • Speedball (when mixed with heroin)

Crack cocaine is a form of cocaine that is smoked (known as freebasing). Some streets names for crack cocaine include:

  • 501s
  • Bump
  • Candy
  • White Ball
  • Ice
  • Devil Smoke
  • Pony
  • Nine
  • Bomb
  • Blowcaine
  • Breakfast of Champions
  • CD
  • Slab
  • Eye Opener
  • Kryptonite
  • Speed Boat
  • Yale
  • Apple Jack
  • Nuggets
  • Dime Special
  • Beemer
  • Cloud


Street Names for Opioids

The opioid epidemic is on the rise and we are seeing more and more people in our Chicago opiate treatment programs. There are many different types of opioids that people abuse. One commonly abused opioid is heroin. Heroin is typically injected and can be highly addictive. Some common drug slang names for heroin include:

  • Big H
  • Black Tar
  • Sheep
  • Black
  • Smack
  • Roofing Tar
  • H
  • Tootsie Roll
  • Wings
  • Cement
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Chocolate
  • Diesel
  • Antifreeze
  • Bird
  • Capital
  • Aunt Hazel
  • Brick Gun
  • DOA
  • Black Olives


Prescription pain pills are also being abused more frequently. There are various different types of these medicines but some street names for prescription pain pills to listen for are:

  • Pills
  • Oxy
  • Oc
  • Captain Cody
  • Fluff
  • Hydros
  • Vike
  • God’s drug
  • Dreamer
  • First line
  • Morpho
  • Cotton
  • Ox
  • Perces
  • Miss Emma



Fentanyl in particular is a dangerous opioid that is being abused increasingly. Slang names for fentanyl include:

  • China White
  • Crazy One
  • Dragon
  • Fent
  • Fenty
  • Apache
  • Lollipop
  • Butter


Street Names for Club Drugs

LSD is a psychedelic drug that cause confusion and hallucinations. People often take it when clubbing or partying. The slang terms for LSD include:

  • Acid
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Purple Haze
  • Blue Sky
  • Pink Panthers
  • Sunshine
  • Hawaiian Sunshine
  • California Sunshine
  • Dental Floss
  • Black Star
  • Dots
  • Coffee
  • Pure Love
  • White Dust
  • Blue Heaven
  • Zen
  • Jesus Christ Acid
  • Electric Kool Aid

MDMA is another club drug that produces euphoric effects. Street names for MDMA include:

  • Molly
  • Ecstasy or E
  • Love Drug
  • E-Bomb
  • Love Potion #9
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Rolling
  • Scooby Snacks
  • XTC
  • X


Slang Drug Names for Marijuana

Marijuana comes from a plant and contains the mind-altering chemical THC. It is often seen as a gateway drug for other drugs. Common slang names for marijuana include:

  • Weed
  • 420
  • Hash
  • Mary Jane
  • Stems
  • Smoke
  • Dojo
  • Aunt Mary
  • Jamaican Gold
  • Catnip
  • Leaf
  • Gold Leaf
  • Blue Crush
  • Khalifa
  • Stavia
  • Green Goblin
  • African Bush
  • Zambi
  • Colorado Cocktail