Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms

Prescription drugs have chemical names, brand names you may have heard before, and street names. The more you know about what your child or loved one does and who they hang out with, the more likely you.ll be able to spot when messing with the wrong stuff. They may even be talking about using drugs right in front of you. Do you know all the common prescription drug slang and street terms for abusing prescription drugs or partying? To help you gain insight into your child.s relationship with prescription drugs, compiled a list of common street names and nicknames for prescription drugs and partying.

Is your child talking about abusing prescription drugs right in front of you? Here are some common prescription drug slang and street terms for using prescription drugs or to describe someone who uses prescription drugs:

  • Pharming
  • Pharm Parties
  • Recipe (mixing prescription drugs with alcoholic or other beverages)
  • Trail Mix (mixing various prescription drugs at pharm parties)

Drug Type

Common Brand Names

Opioids/narcotics/pain relievers

Dilaudid, Lorcet, Lortab,
OxyContin, Percocet,
Percodan, Tylox, Vicodin

(benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, barbiturates, sedatives)
Librium, Valium, Xanax

Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin

Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms:
Chemical Name (Brand Name) Street Names
Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet)
Propoxyphene (Darvon)
Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
Meperidine (Demerol)
Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
Morphine (Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin)
Fentanyl (Duragesic)
Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms: Hillbilly heroin, Oxy, OC, Oycotton, Oxycet, Percs, Happy pills, Vikes, Watson-387, Tuss, Big Boys, Cotton, Percs, Morph, Kicker
Chemical Name (Brand Name) Street Names
Mephobarbital (Mebaral)
Sodium pentobarbital (Nembutal)
Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms: Barbs, Reds, Red birds, Phennies, Tooies, Yellows, Yellow jackets
Diazepam (Valium)
Alprazolam (Xanax)
Triazolam (Halcion)
Estazolam (ProSom)
Clonazepam (Klonopin)
Lorazepam (Ativan)
Chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride (Librium)
Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms: Candy, Downers, Sleeping pills, Tranks, Totem poles, Chill Pills, French Fries, Tranqs, Blues, Z-bar, Bricks, Benzos
Sleep Medications
Zolpidem (Ambien)
Zaleplon (Sonata)
Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms: A-minus, Zombie pills
Chemical Name (Brand Name) Street Names
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta)
Prescription Drug Slang and Street Terms: Skippy, The smart drug, Vitamin R, Bennies, Black beauties, Roses, Hearts, Speed, Uppers, Kiddy cocaine, West Coast, Crosses, LA turnaround, Truck drivers, Beans, Christmas Trees, Double Trouble, Rid, Jif, R-ball, Rittys, Rits

How are prescription drugs abused? It depends.some people take other people.s drugs for their intended purposes (to relieve pain, to stay awake, or to fall asleep). Others take them to get high, often at larger doses than prescribed, or by a different route of administration. Most prescription drugs come in pill or capsule form. Sometimes, drug users break or crush the pill or capsule, then swallow the drug, sniff it, or .cook. it.turn it to liquid.and then inject it.

Who abuses prescription drugs? Individuals of all ages abuse prescription drugs--data reported in the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicate that an estimated 36 million U.S. residents aged 12 and older abused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime. The survey also revealed that millions of teenagers and young adults abuse prescription drugs--2.7 million individuals aged 12 to 17 and 6.9 million individuals aged 18 to 25 abused prescription drugs at least once.

Prescription drug abuse among high school students is a particular concern. According to the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Survey, more than 10 percent of high school seniors in the United States abused narcotics (other than heroin) at least once in their lifetime. Nearly 17 percent abused amphetamines (a type of stimulant), 10 percent abused barbiturates, and 11 percent abused tranquilizers at least once.

What are the risks? The risks associated with prescription drug abuse vary depending upon the drugs that are abused. Abuse of opioids/narcotics/pain relievers can result in life-threatening respiratory depression (reduced breathing). Individuals who abuse depressants, including benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, barbiturates, and sedatives, place themselves at risk of seizures, respiratory depression, and decreased heart rate. Stimulant abuse can cause high body temperature, irregular heart rate, cardiovascular system failure, and fatal seizures. It can also result in hostility or feelings of paranoia. Individuals who abuse prescription drugs by injecting them expose themselves to additional risks, including contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne viruses.

How are they obtained? Prescription drugs are obtained in various ways. In some cases, unscrupulous pharmacists or other medical professionals either steal the drugs or sell fraudulent prescriptions. In a process known as doctor shopping, abusers visit several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions. Individuals also call pharmacies with fraudulent prescription refills, or they alter prescriptions. Prescription drugs occasionally are stolen from pharmacies. Young people typically obtain prescription drugs from peers, friends, or family members. Some individuals who have legitimate prescriptions sell or give away their drugs. Young people also acquire prescription drugs by stealing them from relatives and other individuals with legitimate prescriptions or from school medicine dispensaries.