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Common Drug Street Names

Drug slang changes often. Drug street names tend to be one of the most effective ways for teens to hide what they are doing and using in text messages and conversations with friends. As a parent, it is helpful to understand all of these drug nicknames to fully understand what’s happening. For many teens using these drugs, treatment becomes essential. At Destinations for Teens, our organization can provide the support needed.

Common Drug Street Names

Recognizing drug street names isn’t easy to do. New ones are added often and can change from one region to the next. Here are some of the most common drug names used.


Benzos, which themselves are often called nerve pills, chill pills, blues, or bars, are typically used as a way to calm nerves. This includes drugs like Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Halcion (triazolam). These drugs are often called K, K-pin, super valium, candy, or downers. Valium is often referred to as eggs or moggies. Xanax is sometimes called bars, footballs, French fries, Zannies, or ladders.


Opioids range widely by the type of drug. As one of the fastest-growing types of drugs used in teens, it is important to know these drug nicknames:

  • Codeine: captain cody, schoolboy, little c
  • Fentanyl: f3nt, pache, dance fever, murder 8, tango and cash, TNT
  • Hydrocodone: fluff, tabs, vikes, hydros, and vitamin 
  • Methadone: God’s drug, miss Emma, white stuff, monkey, liquid handcuffs
  • Oxycodone: ercs, 30s, blues, blueberries


Drug slag for hallucinogens is less commonly used. Drugs like DMT may be called The Spirit Molecule. GHB is sometimes called gina, Georgia homeboy, G, Liquid X, or Grievous Bodily Harm. Kratom is sometimes called herbal speedball or Thom. LSD is called sugar cubes, blotter, acid, or electric kool aid.

Illicit Drugs 

There are many drug nicknames associated with these products. Some include:

  • Cocaine:  blow, big rush, girl, snow, shirt
  • Cocaine mixed with heroin: Speedball
  • Crack cocaine: rock, apple jacks, tornado, trash, grit, hail, rock
  • Heroin: Black tar, black pearl, horse, boy, the dragon, black eagle, brown sugar, dope, china white, pants
  • Marijuana: 420, aunt mary, OG, good giggles, jolly green giant, boom, chronic, Jane, weed, smoke, trees
  • Meth: ice, chalk, cotton candy, no stop, rocket fuel, crystal meth, white cross, crank, cream, crystal, garbage

These are just some of the common street drug names. Remember, prescription drugs are often sold illicitly and that many teens engage in using them as well.

Hearing Drug Slag? What to Do

For those parents who may be hearing drug street names like these with their children, it may be important to take action. Effective treatment for the use of these drugs may include steps such as drug detox, residential treatment, and outpatient treatment.  For parents who are unsure if their teen may be engaging, take a few minutes to consider their actions, how much they have changed in recent months, and if they have a new set of friends. When there is a noticeable use of drug slag like this, it may be time to seek out professional treatment. We offer a range of programs, including:

Teen Using Drugs? Call Destinations for Teens for Immediate Help

Drug street names are important for all parents to know so they can see what’s really happening with their son or daughter. However, even knowing drug nicknames may not provide insight into a teen’s life and use. For those who suspect their child is using drugs or alcohol, it is critical to reach out for help. Destinations for Teens can provide that. Call 877.466.0620 or connect online to learn more.

Destinations For Teens

Destinations For Teens


Through proven therapy with experiential methods, our holistic approach to treatment empowers young people to live healthy and gives families hope for a brighter future.

Destinations For Teens

Saving Teens. Reconnecting Families.

Through proven therapy with experiential methods, our holistic approach to treatment empowers young people to live healthy and gives families hope for a brighter future.

Welcome to Destinations

Destinations provides personalized teen treatment that supports the entire family throughout the journey to recovery. We save lives by helping teens achieve sustainable wellbeing, providing access to comprehensive educational services, and creating a support system that remains in place for years to come.

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With programs that meet the needs of teens and families at all levels of treatment, Destinations offers three residential locations in Woodland Hills and two residential locations in San Diego. In addition, we offer an outpatient facility in Woodland Hills, with Partial Hospitalization (PHP – day treatment) and Intensive Outpatient.


We offer residential programs that combine traditional and creative therapeutic options with daily education and dual-diagnosis treatment for substance use and mental health issues.

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Our day treatment program provides the highest level of care while teens still live at home. We offer a full day of programming in addition to education support.


For teens that are living at home, working, and attending school, our intensive outpatient programs help them develop crucial coping skills and relapse prevention as they continue their path to recovery.

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Our staff is trained to listen to each and every concern as they guide teens on a path to recovery. Through our supportive therapy, we help teens overcome the challenges of recovery through support, education, and encouragement.

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The lifestyle of a military family is not an easy one. Constant relocation and a high degree of stress can make things incredibly difficult for children of military families. Destinations for Teens offers several national locations to provide support and care to the children of America’s soldiers. As a service member, you put your life on the line for our freedom, the least we can do is offer our ultimate support and care to your loved ones. Together we can ensure that your child has a bright and promising future ahead of them.

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