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Drug Slang: A Dictionary for Parents, Family, and Loved Ones

Drug Dictionary

Unintentional drug overdose is a growing problem in society today. The combination of alcohol and certain drugs is very serious, and can be fatal. Lethal combinations or “drug cocktails” have become popular among youth in recent years. Many parents are not aware of the potential these drugs have for abuse, or how deadly they can be.

“Accidental-poisoning deaths among youths ages 15 to 24 increased 113 percent between 1999 and 2004, mostly due to prescription-and illegal-drug abuse, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Upping overdose risks: Four out of ten teens believe that prescription meds are much safer to use than illegal drugs – even when they are not prescribed by a doctor.”

Conte, A. (2008, September). Prescription Pills: The New Drug of Choice for Teens. Web MD.

It is very important to understand drug slang and terminology. The more you understand what these terms are the more you will be able to monitor your teen or loved one’s behavior.

The following are some current street/slang drug terms:


benzos, blue, bricks, football, peach(es), zani, zanibars, and z bar


blue, cotton, hillbilly heroin, oc, ox, oxycontin, oxycotton, oxys, percs, 10s, 40s, 40 bar, and 80s


blue, blueberry, blueberry muffin, blue skies, bump, crush, little guys, pain killers, roxy(s), and 30s


hydros, norcos, tuss, vike, and Watson-387


percocets, percs, perks, and pink spoons


Angie, Aunt Nora, beam, Bertha, big c, blanca, blast, bubble gum, bump, c, caine, candy, candy cane, Charlie, coca, cocoa puff, coke, girlfriend, gutter glitter, fast white lady, free base, nose candy, nose powder, Peruvian flake, powder, primo, ready rock, snow, white girl, white horse, yao, and zip


apple jacks, blast, bones, boulder, caviar, Casper the ghost, cracker jack, crack pipe, dime, eight ball, garbage rock, geekers, glo, gravel, ice cubes, junk, raw, rock star, rock(s), snow coke, speedball, stem, trey, tweaker, twenty rock, yahoo, and yeah-o


Aunt Hazel, big h, bindle, black stuff, blows, brown sugar, bundle, caca, golden girl, h, hayron, hazel, h-bomb, henry, herone, hitting up, horse, HRN, hype stick, lady chiva, little boy, Mexican brown, old Steve, Rambo, red rock, scat, smack, stuff, tar, train, white nurse, and white stuff


bathtub crank, blue meth, crank, crystal, crystal meth, glass, fire, hot rolling, jet fuel, lemon drop, meth, meth head, meth monster, pink elephants, poor man’s coke, red neck cocaine, sketch, sparkle, speed, teener, tic tic, Tina, tweak, yaba, and yellow powder

MDMA (Ecstasy)

Adams, b-bombs, batmans, beans, candy-flipping, care bears, chocolate chip cookies, cloud nine, club drug, disco biscuit, dolls, e, e-bombs, ecstasy, flipping, happy pill, hippie flip, hug drug, hype, kitty flipping, love pill, molly, party pack, rave energy, roll, Scooby snacks, sexstacy, smurfs, tabs, wafers, x, xtc, and xing.

If you would like to know more about the disease of drug addiction, how to spot drug abuse or alcoholism, check out our comprehensive list of Symptoms. You could save a life!

To speak with one of our trained alcohol treatment and drug rehabilitation referral counselors, call our 24-Hour Addiction Helpline at 1-888-510-2481.

Conte, A. (2008, September)

Prescription Pills: The New Drug of Choice for Teens. Web MD. Retrieved October 20, 2009, from

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