Opioid Street Names
By The Recovery Village
Editor Melissa Carmona
Last Updated: July 14, 2023
Opioid medications are often called by their street names. Knowing these nicknames can help you determine if a loved one is misusing opioids and prevent addiction from progressing.
Opioids are medications that can be prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Because of their highly addictive nature, prescription opioids are commonly misused and purchased illicitly under “street” names. People might call opioids by their “street” names or nicknames to hide their drug use. Familiarizing yourself with these nicknames can help you determine whether a loved one is abusing opioids.
Opioid Brand Names & Street Names
Opioid medications are often called by their street names when they’re abused. People might use an opioid’s street name to hide their drug use from others or purchase drugs illicitly. The following is a list of the commercial names and street names of commonly abused prescription opioids.
Commercial Names: Buprenorphine, Buprenex®, Suboxone®, Subutex®
- Stop Signs
Commercial Name: Codeine
- Captain Cody
- Purple Drank With gluteth- imide: Doors & Fours
- Pancakes and Syrup
Commercial Name: Codeine With Promethazine
- Purple Drank
Commercial Name: Fentanyl, Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze
- China Girl
- China White
- Dance Fever
- Murder 8
- Tango and Cash
Commercial Names: Hydrocodone, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Lorcet®
Commercial Names: Hydromorphone, Dilaudid®
- D, Dillies
- Juice, Smack
Commercial Names: Meperidine, Demerol®
- Pain Killer
Commercial Names: Methadone, Dolophine®, Methadose®
- Fizzies With MDMA: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Commercial Names: Morphine, Duramorph®, Roxanol®
- Miss Emma
- White Stuff
Commercial Names: Oxycodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®
- Hillbilly Heroin
Commercial Names: Oxymorphone, Opana®
- Blue Heaven
- Mrs. O
- O Bomb
- Stop Signs
Commercial Names: Tapentadol, Nucynta, Nucynta ER
Commercial Names: Tramadol, Ultram®, Ultracet®
Street opioids are opioids that are not medically prescribed. They are used with the goal of getting “high.” People who already use prescription opioids might turn to street opioids because they tend to be cheaper, more potent and easily accessible. However, using street opioids can be unpredictable and dangerous. They are unregulated and can be mixed with potentially harmful substances. Some street opioids and their slang names include:
Commercial Name: Heroin
- Black Tar
- Black Pearl
- Black Paint
- Brown Crystal
- Brown Rhine
- China White
- El Diablo
- Hell Dust
- Mexican Mud
- Roofing Tar
Commercial Name: Cocaine With Heroin
Commercial Name: Black Tar Heroin
- Black Dragon
The Dangers of Opioid Abuse & Addiction
The misuse of opioids is dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Opioids are highly addictive, which can lead people to misuse them or seek out stronger forms of the substance, like heroin. Reportedly 80% of heroin users began their drug use by abusing prescription opioids.
Opioids are not only addictive but have serious side effects. Long-term use of heroin, for example, can consist of collapsed veins, abscesses, liver and kidney disease, and heart complications. In addition, opioids have a high overdose rate. Opioids slow down your breathing which can prevent the brain from receiving enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen, called hypoxia, can result in coma, brain damage, or death. According to the CDC, 75% of US overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid.
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