Opioid Street Names & Slang Terms

Those addicted to opioids may turn to the street to purchase the substance. Since there are many types of opioids, there are a variety of street names and specific slang terms you should know.

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Opioid medications are used to help treat those suffering from severe pain. These Schedule II drugs come in a variety of forms and have a high potential for abuse that can lead to psychological or physical dependence.

Opioid painkillers, while effective for pain management, have numerous street names and slang terms when abused or misused outside medical settings.

Opioid Brand Names & Street Names

Here is a list of opioids followed by the brand names, nicknames, or street names associated with each drug:

  • Codeine: schoolboy, sizzurp, purple drank, captain cody
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin/Lortab/Lorcet): vike, hydro, watson-387
  • Morphine (Roxanol): white stuff, miss emma, m, monkey
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone): boxes, stops
  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin/Percodan/Percocet): oxycet, oxycotton, hillbilly heroin, oxy, percs
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid): juice, footballs, smack, dillies
  • Oxymorphone (Opana): blues, o bomb, octagons, biscuits, blue heaven
  • Fentanyl (Actiq/Sublimaze/Duragesic): dance fever, china girl, goodfella apache, jackpot, TNT
  • Methadone (Methadose): chocolate chip cookies, amidone, fizzies With MDMA
  • Heroin: smack, brown sugar, junk, china white, h, horse, white horse

Regardless of the name it goes by, opioids provide pain relief by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). A person may experience sedation or feelings of euphoria when the prescription opioid is abused.

Those struggling with substance use may turn to alternative methods of obtaining opioid drugs, which increases the risk of overdose and other complications.

Dangers Of Opioid Abuse

Several dangers are associated with this form of substance abuse, including adverse drug interactions, overdose, and addiction.

Drug Interactions

If a person searches for an opioid drug on the illicit black market, they may receive a cross-contaminated pill. Due to the lack of quality control when purchasing pills on the street, a person may unknowingly consume more than just one substance.

This can lead to serious drug interactions.

Other drugs which should not be combined with opioids include:

  • benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin)
  • methamphetamine
  • Adderall
  • over-the-counter medications
  • certain prescription drugs
  • antihistamines
  • certain vitamins or supplements
  • certain mental health antidepressants drugs

When a person combines multiple CNS depressants, life-threatening issues may occur such as respiratory distress and overdose.

Opioid Overdose

If you suspect an opioid overdose has taken place, contact 911 immediately.

You should seek urgent medical attention if any of the following overdose symptoms are present:

  • respiratory depression
  • pinpoint pupils
  • cold or clammy skin
  • loss of consciousness

Opioid Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction or prescription drug abuse, consider Bedrock Recovery Center. At our treatment center, we provide numerous addiction services for you to consider in an inpatient/residential setting.

We offer medical detox, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health counseling, and other evidence-based treatment options like medication-assisted treatment.

To speak with one of our healthcare representatives who can help you find a specialized treatment plan for you, please contact us today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Controlled Substance List https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Narcotics https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Narcotics-2020.pdf
  3. National Institutes of Health Library - Street and Commercial Names https://www.nihlibrary.nih.gov/resources/subject-guides/opioids/street-commercial-names
  4. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Substance Use - Prescription Drugs https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000798.htm
  5. National Library of Medicine: StatPearls - Opioid Overdose https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470415/

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: August 24, 2023

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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