The Drug Slang You Need to Know

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If you or a loved one is dealing with substance addiction educating yourself is the first place to start. Information ranging from different drugs to co-occurring disorders and treatment options is a great place to start. Another topic to educate yourself on is drug slang.

Drug slang or “street names” simply refer to the words or phrases used in place of actual drug names. Typically used by teenagers or younger adults, slang is used for several reasons. These reasons may include wanting to talk in code to hide their use or to fit in with the crowd. Whatever the reason, knowing drug slang for popular drugs could bring you one step closer to helping an individual with an addiction. 

In addition to slang words, specific emojis have been linked to different drug use. Although not a one-case-fits-all scenario, if you see symbols such as a pill, syringe, diamond, or maple leaf, there may be a reason for concern. 

Adderall Drug Slang

The stimulant drug Adderall is very commonly misused. When taken, Adderall helps improve attention spans, hyperactivity, and impulse control. Users often experience increased focus, a rush of energy, a sense of well-being, and increased feelings of confidence. Those seemingly positive effects are why it’s a common drug for students, athletes, and even professionals.

Common drug slang for Adderall includes:

  • Addys
  • Beans
  • Bennies
  • Black Beauties
  • Blue Pill
  • Copilots
  • Dexies
  • Pep Pills
  • Red Dexies
  • Red Pep
  • Smart Pills
  • Speed
  • Study Buddies
  • Truck Drivers
  • Uppers
  • Zing

Cocaine Drug Slang

Perhaps the most well-known illicit drug is cocaine. The white powder is usually snorted and causes feelings of euphoria and energy. It is also highly addictive and dangerous, as the high doesn’t last long, and users crave more and more. 

Common drug slang for cocaine includes:

  • Apache
  • Bernice
  • Big C
  • Blonde
  • Blow
  • Bump
  • Candy
  • Coke
  • Crack
  • Dust
  • Flake
  • Line
  • Nose Candy
  • Rail
  • Rock
  • Scottie 
  • Sneeze
  • Sniff
  • Snow
  • Snow White
  • Toot
  • Zip
  • White
  • Yayo

Meth Drug Slang 

Medically referred to as Methamphetamine or crystal meth, this stimulant is similar to cocaine but almost three times as powerful. It is so addictive, that just one use can cause addiction and often leads to overdose and death.

Common meth drug slang names include:

  • Chalk
  • Cookies
  • Cotton candy
  • Crank
  • Crissy
  • Cristy
  • Crystal
  • Drunk
  • Glass
  • Go
  • Ice
  • Meth
  • No doze
  • Pookie
  • Rocket fuel
  • Scooby Snax
  • Shards
  • Speed
  • Tina
  • Tweak
  • Wash
  • White cross
  • Whizz

Getting Help

If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction, Emerge Healing Center is here to help you to determine the best treatment option for your needs. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you on the right path to recovery. Our highly-trained staff is here to answer any questions you may have, and get you into the most effective program possible.

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