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Heroin Street Names: Common Slang Terms for the Drug

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

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Heroin Street Names

Drug addiction is the leading cause of many health issues and has become a serious problem in society today. Heroin is among the most dangerous drugs, often leading to physical dependence and addiction. Street names are used to refer to this drug, making it easier for dealers and users to buy and sell without detection by law enforcement.

In this article, we will explore some of the most common street names for heroin. Knowing these terms can help you better understand the danger of this drug, as well as spot signs of heroin abuse.
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What is Heroin? 

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug made from the opium poppy plant. It most commonly takes the form of a white or brown powder. When users inject, snort, or smoke heroin, the drug produces a powerful euphoria followed by intense depression and nausea. Heroin addiction can lead to serious health problems, overdose, and death. The heroin research report found that the drug is increasingly available on the street, sold in small plastic bags or balloons.

What are the Street Names for Heroin? 

There are many street names for heroin, which vary by region and drug culture. However, they’re mostly divided into three categories which are:

General Street Names

Most people think of known street names for drugs when they hear the word “drugs.” These classic names include smack, dope, H, and skag. They don’t refer to any specific form of the drug as they do not refer to its color, purity, state, potency, or link to other opioid drugs.

Powdered Heroin 

Powdered heroin, as the name suggests, has the appearance of powdered milk and is often white. Its popular street names include snow, sugar, dust, and white nurse, and it is highly addictive.

Black Tar Heroin

Black tar heroin is a form of heroin that is black or dark in color. It has a sticky consistency and is usually cut with impurities, making it particularly dangerous. The street names for this black sticky substance include tar, the black pearl, Mexican mud, and diesel.

Slang Names for Heroin 

Slang terms for heroin vary depending on the region or drug culture you are in. Some of these names may also refer to other drugs, such as cocaine, but it is important to note that they could still be referring to heroin. These include black tar, mud, murder one, and junk.

What are the Street Names for Heroin-laced Drugs?

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In some cases, users buy drugs that are laced with heroin without their knowledge. When this happens, it is difficult to identify the drug for what it really is, and it can cause a person to overdose or become addicted without realizing it. Some of the street names used for these drugs include special K, liquid G, coke rock, neon nod, and monkey dust.

Some combinations of heroin mixed with illegal drugs and their street names are as follows:

Heroin and Cocaine: Belushi, Boy-Girl, He-She, Dynamite, Goofball, H&C, Primo, Snowball

Heroin and MDMA (ecstasy): Skype, blow and go

Heroin and LSD: Superman, Beast, LBJ

Heroin and Marijuana: Atom Bomb, Canade, Woola, Woolie, Woo-Woo, A bomb

Heroin and Ecstasy: Chocolate Chip Cookies, H Bomb

Heroin and Alprazolam: Schoolboy, Chocolate bars

Heroin and Crack Cocaine: Chocolate Rock, Dragon Rock, Moonrock

Heroin and Cold Medicine: Cheese

Heroin and Ritalin: Pineapple

Heroin and Fentanyl: Tango and Cash, China Girl, China Town, Good Fellas, Apache

Knowing the street names of heroin can be an essential tool in identifying drug use in your family or circle of friends. People mix heroin with all sorts of legal and illegal drugs. If you suspect someone is using heroin, you must talk to them and get help as soon as possible. Treatment options for substance abuse are available and can be tailored to each person’s individual needs. It is also important to remember that knowledge is power, so the more you know about the street names of drugs, the better you will be at helping someone struggling with addiction.

What are Some Common Slang Terms About Heroin? 

In addition to the street names for heroin and its various forms, there are also slang terms used around this drug. These include the following:

Heroin Paraphernalia Slang 

These are related to the equipment used for heroin, such as needles and syringes. Common slang terms include cookers, rigs, works, and spike.

Heroin Addiction Slang 

These are slang terms related to the addiction itself, such as nod off and nodding. It also consists of words like getting high, hung up, scoring the bag, and much more.

Heroin Preparation Slang 

These are slang terms related to the preparation of heroin, such as cutting and cooking. Other common terms include straining, banging up, flushing, and taping off.

Heroin Use Slang

Bad Bundle, Crap, Crop, Flea Powder, Garbage, Ragweed = low-quality heroin

Bag, Balloon, Bindle = what heroin comes in or a small quantity of heroin

Nickel Bag, Dime Bag, Twenty = $5, $10 and $20 worth of heroin

Chipper = Someone who uses heroin occasionally

Rig, Point, Works = the needle and syringe used to shoot heroin

What are the Effects of Heroin-Related Drug Abuse?

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Heroin abuse can have a number of severe physical and psychological effects on the user. Physical effects include respiratory depression, slowed heart rate, drowsiness, constipation, nausea, dry mouth, skin infections, and liver or kidney damage. It affects the opioid receptors of the human brain to cause psychological effects. Psychological effects can include confusion, depression, anxiety, agitation, and paranoia. In addition to these short-term effects, heroin abuse can lead to long-term problems such as addiction and dependence.

Heroin abuse can also have severe consequences for the people around the user, such as an increased risk of violence and crime, family disruption, financial hardship, and loss of employment. It can also lead to heroin addiction, commonly known as opioid use disorder. Heroin abuse can even lead to death from overdose, drug-related accidents, or illnesses.

What are the Different Types of Heroin Addiction Treatment?

The first step in treating an addiction to heroin is detoxification, which involves a medical professional managing the user’s withdrawal symptoms. These can range from mild physical discomfort to severe psychological distress, depending on the severity of the addiction. In such cases, proper mental health services administration is imperative.

Once the user has been stabilized, they may be referred to an inpatient or outpatient treatment program that includes individual counseling, group therapy, and educational programs. Medications may also be prescribed to help with addiction’s psychological effects or reduce cravings. Most importantly, treatment should include a comprehensive aftercare plan to ensure the user stays on track with their recovery.

Heroin addiction is a serious problem, but it is not an impossible one to overcome. With the right support and treatment, addicts can successfully recover and lead healthy, productive lives.

This is why we at NuView Treatment Center offer outpatient rehab services that are designed to help you get your life back on track.

Call us at 424-327-4614 today for a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the most common street names for heroin? 

Some of the most common street names for heroin include skag, junk, H, brown sugar, horse, snow, and China white.

Why do people use these street names? 

People use these street names to disguise the fact that they are talking about heroin. This helps them avoid detection by law enforcement and protect their sources for obtaining the drug.

How is heroin used?

Heroin is usually injected, snorted, or smoked. Injecting is the most dangerous method because it carries a higher risk of overdose and other health problems related to the transmission of blood-borne diseases. However, people also abuse prescription opioids and frequently end up with opioid overdose.

What are the risks associated with using heroin? 

The primary risks associated with using heroin include overdose, addiction, and health problems related to the injection. It can also increase the risk of violence and crime, financial hardship, family disruption, and loss of employment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “Heroin use and addiction are associated with a range of potentially lethal problems, including fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion, and infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.”

How do you know if you are addicted to heroin? 

If you are using heroin more frequently or in larger amounts than you originally intended, you likely have developed an addiction. Other signs of addiction include spending a significant amount of time and money obtaining the drug and neglecting other activities due to your use. If you think you may be addicted to heroin, it is crucial to seek professional help as soon as possible.

What are the effects of heroin?

The effects of heroin use can range from mild physical discomfort to severe psychological distress. Physical effects include respiratory depression, slowed heart rate, drowsiness, constipation, nausea, dry mouth, and skin infections. Psychological effects can include confusion, depression, anxiety, agitation, and paranoia.

Is it common to die of a heroin overdose?

Yes, it is possible to die from a heroin overdose. The risk of heroin overdoses increases if the user mixes heroin with other substances, such as alcohol or sedatives. In addition, the potency of heroin can vary significantly depending on its source and method of preparation, increasing the risk of overdosing even further. For example, if you are using it as an injection drug, it is very easy to overdose compared to a natural substance or prescription opioid.

Are you struggling with heroin abuse?

At NuView Treatment Center, we understand how difficult it is to deal with heroin addiction. That’s why we offer outpatient rehab services that are designed to help you get your life back on track. Our clinicians are trained in the latest evidence-based methods and will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

We believe that it is possible for you to overcome your addiction, and we will be there to support you every step of the way. With our help, you can achieve lasting recovery and improve your quality of life.

Call us at 424-327-4614 today for a free and confidential consultation.


Edited by: David Beasley

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David Beasley is a certified RADT (Registered Alcohol/Drug Technician). David, moved to California from North Carolina after many failed attempts to get sober.

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

Charley earned his Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).He teaches mindfulness to both adults and children in group setting such as schools, corporate workplaces, and medical treatment facilities.

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