Common Opioid Street Slang And Nicknames

When opioids are sold on the street, they are often referred to in slang or by the drugs’ “street names.” Knowing how different opioids are referred to on the street can help prevent taking a drug without knowing what it is or mixing potentially dangerous combinations of drugs.

Many opioid medications and illicit opioids have slang or street names. A person may refer to a drug in slang to prevent loved ones or friends from knowing what he or she is using. Knowing the nicknames of opioids drugs may help you determine if a loved one is abusing or addicted to opioids. Recognizing early on that a loved one is abusing opioids can help prevent the abuse from turning into an addiction.

The following is a comprehensive list of popular prescription opioid medications abused and their corresponding brand and generic names as well as their street names:


  • Brand name: Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan
  • Street names: Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin, Percs, O.C., Rims, Tires, Greenies


  • Brand name: Lortab, Norco, Vicodin
  • Street names: Vike, Bananas, Fluff, Hydros


  • Brand name: Kadian, Duramorph, MS Contin
  • Street names: Miss Emma, Monkey, White Stuff, M

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  • Brand name: Various
  • Street names: Lean, Captain Cody, Little C, Schoolboy


  • Brand name: Suboxone, Subutex
  • Street names: Buse, Sobos, Strips, Oranges


  • Brand name: Actiq, Sublimaze
  • Street names: Apache, China Girl, Goodfella, China White, TNT, Friend, Dance Fever


  • Brand name: Dilaudid, Exalgo
  • Street names: Smack, Dillies, Footballs, Juice


  • Brand name: Dolophine, Methadose
  • Street names: Tootsie Roll, Red Rock, Mud, Dolls


  • Brand name: Opana
  • Street names: Biscuits, Mrs. O, O Bomb, Octagon


  • Brand name: Ultram
  • Street names: Chill Pills, Trammies, Ultras

Street Opioid Slang Names

In addition to prescription opioids, there are also opioids and opioid combinations that are illicit and have no medical use. These drugs are sold on the street under both their common names and street names.

Some people who abuse opioids may look for stronger forms of the substance on the street like heroin. Street opioids may be less expensive, more readily available, and much more potent. Unfortunately, buying drugs on the street can be dangerous, as many street drugs are “cut” with other substances that the user is unaware of.

Common street opioids include:

Black Tar Heroin:

  • Street names: Chiva, Mexican Black Tar Heroin, Mexican Tar

Cocaine With Heroin:

  • Street names: Speedball


  • Street names: Black Tar, Black Pearl, Black, China White, Dope, White Girl, White Horse, Brown Sugar, White Lady, Smack, Snow, Snowball

Signs Of Opioid (Opiate) Abuse

Opioid abuse has become a national crisis in the United States. Millions of people struggle with opioid addiction, and countless lives have been lost due to the addictive and deadly nature of this class of drugs. Knowing the signs of opioid abuse can help you determine if a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction and allow you to provide support and encouragement for him or her to seek treatment.

Potential signs of opioid abuse include:

  • extreme fatigue
  • changes in sleep habits
  • withdrawal from friends and family
  • poor coordination
  • shallow breathing
  • constipation
  • agitation
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • appetite changes
  • slurred speech
  • nausea or vomiting
  • irritability

Signs of opioid abuse and addiction can be physical, psychological, and emotional. If you notice changes in a loved one that seem to come out of nowhere, he or she may be struggling with addiction.

Getting Help For Opioid Abuse And Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid abuse or addiction, seeking treatment is the best decision you can make. Vertava Health of Massachusetts has several treatment options for those looking to overcome opioid addiction. Our dedicated medical team provides each patient with a customized program of recovery and our facility offers top-notch amenities and therapy options.

To learn more about the common opioid street names or to discuss the treatment options offered at Vertava Health of Massachusetts, contact a treatment specialist today.


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