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Common Opioid Street Slang And Nicknames

opioids are handed off for cash on the street

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 they are using. Knowing the nicknames of opioids may help you determine if a loved one is abusing these drugs. Recognizing these opioid drug slang names early on may also help prevent the use from becoming an addiction.

It is important that anyone struggling with addiction to opioids knows that there is help. If you or a loved one needs an opioid addiction treatment program in Massachusetts, reach out to Swift River today at 888.451.5895.

Common Opioid Nicknames

The opioid epidemic is ravaging our country, and opioids are now the leading cause of accidental drug overdose deaths in America. It is vital to know what to look out for. Still, many of these drugs have nicknames that intentionally sound harmless so that others or parents don’t know what it is, despite the fact that opioids are highly addictive and very dangerous. The following is a comprehensive list of prescription opioid street names as well as their corresponding brand and generic names:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • Brand name: Ultram
  • Tramadol street names: Chill Pills, Trammies, Ultras

Common Opioid Street 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 use 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 and their slang names include:

Black Tar Heroin:

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

Cocaine with Heroin:

  • Street name: Speedball


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

Signs Of Use

Opioid use 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 use can help you determine if a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction and allow you to provide support and encouragement for them to seek treatment. Potential signs of use include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Disheveled appearance
  • Problems at home, work, or school
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Poor coordination
  • Shallow breathing
  • Chronic constipation
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Appetite changes
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Irritability

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

Get Help for Opioid Addiction at Swift River

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid use or addiction, seeking treatment is the best decision you can make. At Swift River, formerly Swift River,  we have several opioid treatment options. Our dedicated medical team provides each patient with a customized recovery program, 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, contact a treatment specialist today at 888.451.5895.

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