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Common Street Names for Drugs

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Many drugs are talked about or sold using different names. One of the main reasons street names for drugs are prevalent is because teens are trying to avoid getting in trouble. They come up with slang names for drugs to keep their drug use discreet and under the radar of their parents or other authority figures. 

Midwest Center at Youngstown provides substance abuse treatment in the Mahoning Valley of Ohio. We want to keep the public aware of the common street names for drugs, so they will be more likely to detect drug use in those they care about. If you discover that a loved one is suffering from substance use disorder, call us at 844.544.0502 to learn more about our drug addiction treatment program and addiction treatment therapies.

The Most Common Street Names for Drugs

Drugs that have chemical similarities are known to share names. The most common types of substances known to cause addiction are benzodiazepines, hallucinogens, and illicit drugs. Below you will find common street names for the most frequently used drugs.

Street Names for Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. Side effects of benzodiazepines include weakness, drowsiness, and dizziness. Concerningly, these types of medication can create physical dependence. Street names for benzodiazepines include the following: 

  • Candy
  • Downers
  • Sleeping pills
  • Tranks
  • Klonopin® – K, K-pin, Pin, Super Valium
  • Rohypnol® – Forget-Me Pill, Mind Eraser, Roofies, Date Rape Drug, Lunch Money, Mexican Valium, Circles

Hallucinogenic Drug Street Names

Hallucinogens include a broad range of drugs that alter awareness of surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. People that use hallucinogens report feeling out of control or disconnected from their body and surroundings. Below is a list of their street names:

  • DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine) – Dimitri, The Rogan, The Spirit Molecule
  • GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyric) – G, Geeb, Georgia Home Boy, Liquid E
  • Ketamine – Blind Squid, Cat Valium, Green, Jet, K 
  • LSD (D-Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) – Acid, Blotter, Electric Kool-Aid, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Dots, purple haze 
  • Mushrooms – Boomers, Caps, Cow Patties, Alice, Fungus

Common Street Names for Illicit Drugs

Like hallucinogens, illicit drugs include a wide variety of drugs with varying effects. Below is a list of some common illicit drugs and their street names:

  • Black tar heroin – Chiva, Mexican Black Tar Heroin, Mexican Tar
  • Cocaine – Crack Cocaine, Pearl, Rock, Batman, Bazulco, Bernice, Big C, Charlie, Coca, Aunt Nora, Coke, CrackDust, Flake, Gringa, Hubba, Line, Powder
  • Marijuana – 420, Trees, Ashes, Aunt Mary, Bomber, Cheeba, Jane, Jay
  • Methamphetamine – Meth, Christina, Cookies, Crank, Dunk, Tweek, Chalk

Recovering from Addiction to Street Drugs

Some of the programs and services that can help you or a loved one get on the right track to sobriety include :

  • Group counseling – This allows for you to meet with others in recovery. One of the goals of group therapy is to build a network of support. 
  • Individual counseling – The use of individual counseling helps to address underlying issues that lead to addiction. 
  • Fitness programs – These can help to relieve stress and build a foundation for living a healthier life. 
  • Family programming – You and your loved ones learn about addiction and find ways to resolve conflict. 
  • Medication-assisted treatment – Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings.

With the help of professional drug addiction treatment, you can heal and move on to a healthier, sober life.

Find Help for Addiction at Midwest Center at Youngstown

At Midwest Center at Youngstown, we offer substance abuse treatment for addiction to all substances, no matter the street or clinical name. We are equipped to handle all types of addiction and are dedicated to getting to the root cause. We want to assist in the development of healthy coping skills. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please reach out at 844.544.0502 or connect with us online.