Many of the slang terms for crack cocaine originated from street dealers who were looking to stay ahead of the police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The farther removed the name of the substance is from the slang terminology it’s been given, the harder it is for law enforcement to track down street dealers.
However, there is more than one form of cocaine — many street vendors add cutting agents, chemicals, and other drugs to enhance or taper the effects of cocaine.
Common Street Names For Crack Cocaine
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a list of some of the most common nicknames for crack cocaine, based on collective research and law enforcement records.
Some of the most common drug slang references for crack cocaine include:
- rock or ‘black rock’
- nuggets or gravel
- big C
Note that these names change frequently, as street dealers look to stay ahead of law enforcement.
It is critical to periodically update your knowledge of cocaine’s common slang names, due to frequent changes.
Knowing these code words can help you determine if your child or loved one is in the midst of a drug addiction, so you can seek addiction treatment and potentially save a life.
Street Names For Crack Mixed With Other Substances
When freebase cocaine — the powdered form of pre-crack cocaine — is mixed with other substances, an entirely new series of names arises.
Crack is often mixed with substances such as:
- amphetamines and methamphetamines
For instance, cocaine mixed with marijuana is called ‘bazooka’ or ‘wet-wet.’ Cocaine mixed with heroin also has its own unique slang, and is generally referred to as ‘belushi’ or ‘bombita.’
More slang names for crack cocaine mixed with other substances are:
- candy flipping
- cocoa puffs
- nose candy
- woo-woo or ‘woolies’
Slang Words Related To Crack Cocaine Use
There are many other slang terms related to crack cocaine and the paraphernalia necessary for cocaine drug use.
One such name is given to the equipment used during crack use, such as ‘crack pipes’ — a small pipe used to heat coke in its white powder form.
Additionally, places where cocaine is distributed and used amongst larger numbers of people are called ‘crack houses’ with the people using crack therein dubbed ‘crack heads.’
Unfortunately, during the rise of ‘coke’ use in the 1970s and 1980s, many babies were exposed to cocaine during pregnancy, and were thus called ‘crack babies.’*
*Bedrock Recovery Center aims to help eradicate stigmatic language surrounding drug use and addiction in order to help more people feel supported in seeking treatment. These terms are provided here solely for informational purposes.
Treatment Options For Crack Cocaine Addiction
Snorting or smoking crack cocaine can lead to a number of short-term and long-term side effects, from increased heart rate and breathing rate to increased risk of heart attack and overdose.
Fortunately, there are many treatment programs available to help combat crack cocaine addiction.
Some crack cocaine treatment methods and programs include:
- crack cocaine detox
- therapy and counseling
- behavioral health services
- inpatient and outpatient treatment programs
- residential treatment opportunities
- telehealth services
- medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- vocational and educational programs
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