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Slang Words for Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently released their report on drug slang code words. The list is a rather lengthy list dissecting many different names of drugs. It’s important because now families and friends can find the words their substance-abusing loved ones are using. It helps them be in-the-know instead of constantly being out of the loop when it comes drug culture.

Here’s a link the DEA report.

Drug cultures is one of the deepest, most well-known cultures in the U.S. The culture also changes from region to region. For example, someone in Detroit, Michigan might use different drug names than someone in Austin, Texas. The fact that there are so many different names just proves how deep the drug culture is around the country. Following is a list of different drugs, what they are and some names.


Amphetamines are drugs that elevate someone’s mood. They can be used to stay up and study or they can be used to go on a trip. The most common types of amphetamines are Adderall and methamphetamine.

Some common names are:

Amps; Bam; B-Bombs; Beans; Bennies; Benz; Black and Whites; Black Beauties; Black Birds; Black Bombers; Brain Ticklers; Dexies; Diamonds; Diet Pills; Dolls; Drivers; Footballs; Head Drugs; Horse Heads; Little Bombs; Morning Shot; Nuggets; Oranges; Pep Pills; Pixies; Rippers; Snaps; Sparklers; Speed; Splash; Sweeties; Sweets; Truck Drivers; Uppers; Wake Ups; White Crosses; Zoomers


Cocaine is the white powdery drug that lots of people use for energy. It’s a stimulant like amphetamines, but they function quite differently. And the culture around cocaine is very much different than the one around amphetamines.

Some common names are:

Angel Powder; Baby Powder; Big C; Blow; BMW; Bobo; Bolitas; Bolivian Marching Powder; Cadillac; Candy; Car; Coca; Coca-Cola; Cocazo; Coke; Heaven Dust; Nose Candy; Nose Powder; Old Lady; Pillow; Powder; Snow Cone; Snow White; Sugar; Superman; White; White Bitch; White Cross; White Girl; White Goat; White Powder; White Root


Heroin is the drug that’s been very popular in the news now. It’s killing people all over the country because it’s a cheap alternative to prescription opioids. It’s rather easy to overdose on the drug, which is why it’s so scary.

Some common names are:

Antifreeze; Big H; Black Sheep; Black Tar; Blow Dope; Cement; Charlie; Charlie Horse; Cheese; China; China Cat;China White; Dope; Fairy Dust; Smack; Heaven Dust; Hot Dope; Mexican Brown; Mexican Horse; Smack; Tar; White; White Boy; White Girl; White Junk; White Lady; White Nurse; White Shirt


Marijuana is the popular green plant that hippies and the youth have been using for decades. Despite the number of people that use marijuana, it’s still an illegal drug and can become addictive.

Some common names are:

420; Dank; Ganja; Grass; Hash; Hemp; Herb; KGB; Kush; Laughing Grass; M.J.; Mary Jane; Maui Wowie Pot; Purple Haze; Trees; Wacky Tobacky; Wake and Bake; Weed

If there is someone using drugs, there is so much to look out for. Just some of these names might be the first sign.