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Street Names for Drugs

If you suspect that someone you care about is abusing drugs, listen for their use of slang terms. These terms can sound unrecognizable and odd to you, or they can slip easily into conversation. Street names for drugs are used to discuss drug use and to sell drugs on the street. Drug names like these are used to avoid detection by law enforcement.

These terms are constantly evolving and used as a sort of code. The slang is often created by referring to the color, shape, or consistency of the drug or the drug's effects. On the street, drug names can also refer to the people who commonly use the drug. Sometimes, the street name seems completely unrelated to the substance, which makes it more difficult to identify.

Common Drug Slang Names

Familiarizing yourself with the street names for drugs is an essential part of prevention efforts. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists some of the following categories of drugs as the most commonly abused.


  • Rock
  • Snow
  • Flake
  • Blow
  • Candy
  • Charlie
  • Bump
  • C


  • Georgia homeboy
  • Goop
  • Liquid Ecstasy/Liquid X
  • Grievous bodily harm
  • Soap
  • G
  • Scoop


  • Brown sugar
  • Horse
  • Dope
  • Skag
  • Smack
  • White horse
  • China white


  • Poppers
  • Whippets
  • Laughing gas
  • Snappers


  • Special K
  • Cat Valium
  • K


  • Blue heaven
  • Acid
  • Blotter
  • Yellow sunshine
  • Cubes
  • Microdot


  • Mary Jane
  • Ganja
  • Grass
  • Blunt
  • Boob
  • Hashish
  • Weed
  • Reefer
  • Pot
  • Dope
  • Skunk
  • Hemp
  • Hash


  • Peace
  • Uppers
  • Clarity
  • Adam
  • Eve
  • Lover's speed


  • Ice
  • Meth
  • Crank
  • Speed
  • Chalk

Bath salts:

  • Cosmic blast
  • Bloom
  • Cloud nine
  • Ivory wave
  • Vanilla sky
  • White lightning


  • Roids
  • Juice
  • Gym candy
  • Pumpers

The worst consequences of drug addiction can be avoided with early intervention. Recognizing drug slang names may alert you to a problem and allow you to seek help for someone you care about.

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