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Aunt Hazel

Bad bundle


Bart Simpson

Big bag

Big H

Big Harry


Birdie powder

Black pearl

Black stuff

Black tar

Blanco (Spanish)


Bonita (Spanish)



Brain damage

Brick gum


Brown crystal

Brown rhine

Brown sugar


Caballo (Spanish)


Capital H

Carga (Spanish)

Carne (Spanish)

Chicle (Spanish)

Chieva China

China White

Chinese red

Chip Chiva (Spanish)


Cigarette paper


Courage pills



Crown crap

Cura (Spanish)

Dead on arrival



Dog food











Ferry dust

Flea powder

Foolish powder

Galloping horse


Gato (Spanish)

George smack


Golden girl



Good and plenty

Good H


H Caps



Hard candy

Hard stuff



Heaven dust


Hell dust



Heroina (Spanish)




Hombre (Spanish)




Hot dope



Jee gee


Jive doo jee


Joy flakes

Joy powder




Manteca (Spanish)

Mexican brown

Mexican horse

Mexican mud


Mortal combat



Nice and easy

Nickel deck



Number 4

Number 8


Old Steve



Perfect High

Polvo (Spanish)






Raw fusion

Raw hide

Red chicken

Red eagle








Second to none








Sweet dreams

Sweet Jesus


Tecata (Spanish)

The beast

The witch



White boy

White junk

White nurse

White stuff



Witch hazel



Abe - $5 worth of drugs

Author - a doctor who writes illegal prescriptions

Balloon - heroin supplier

Beat artist - person selling bogus drugs

Big man - drug supplier

Biz - bag or portion of drugs

Brewery - place where drugs are made

Brick - 50 bags ( USA)

Bull - narcotics agent or police officer

Bundle - 10 bags ( USA)

Burned - purchase fake drugs

Busted - arrested

Connect - purchase drugs; supplier of illegal drugs

Cop - obtain drugs

Copping zones - specific areas where buyers can purchase drugs

Course note - bill larger than $2

Cut - Adulterate drugs with another substance, to make more profit

Deal - To sell drugs; the amount of drugs you buy

Deck- 1 to 15 grams of heroin, also known as a bag

Deuce - $2 worth of drugs; heroin

Dews - $10 worth of drugs

Dime bag - $10 worth of drugs

Dime's worth - amount of heroin to cause death

Dollar - $100 worth of drugs

Easy score - obtaining drugs easily

Factory - place where drugs are packaged, diluted, or manufactured

Fall - arrested

Fifteen cents - $15 worth of drugs

Five C note - $500 bill

Five cent bag - $5 worth of drugs

Five dollar bag - $50 worth of drugs

G - $1000 or 1 gram of drugs; term for an unfamiliar male

Get a gift - obtain drugs

Get through - obtain drugs

Gopher - person paid to pickup drugs

Got it going on - fast sale of drugs

Half - 1/2 ounce

Half load - 15 bags (decks) of heroin

Half piece - 1/2 ounce of heroin

Half-a-C - $50 bill

Hand-to-hand - direct delivery and payment

Hit - A dose of heroin

Hustle - attempt to obtain drug customers

In - connected with drug suppliers

Juggle - sell drugs to another addict to support a habit

Juggler - teen-aged street dealer

Lifted - Arrested

Load - 25 bags of heroin

Mule - carrier of drugs

Nabbed - Arrested

Nailed - arrested.

Nicked - Arrested

Nickel bag - $5 worth of drugs; heroin

Nickel note - $5 bill

One on one house - where cocaine and heroin can be purchased

One plus one sales - selling cocaine and heroin together

Paper - a dosage unit of heroin

Paper boy - Drug supplier

P-dope - 20-30% pure heroin

Peddlar - drug supplier

Perlas - street dealer (heroin)

Powder power - When a user starts dealing and it goes to their head.

Push - To sell drugs

Push shorts - to cheat or sell short amounts

Pusher - one who sells drugs

Quarter - 1/4 ounce or $25 worth of drugs

Quarter bag - $25 worth of drugs

Sam - federal narcotics agent

Slanging - selling drugs

Sniffer bags - $5 bag of heroin intended for inhalation

Spoon - 1/16 ounce of heroin

Spoon - paraphernalia used to prepare heroin for injection

Stash areas - drug storage and distribution areas

Step on - dilute drugs

Thoroughbred - drug dealer who sells pure narcotics

Tick - Credit - you would ask for a bag on tick; a loan

Turf - place where drugs are sold

Twists - small plastic bags of heroin secured with a twist tie

Uncle - Federal agents

Wrap - A deal of heroin Z - 1 ounce of heroin


OTHER DRUG NAMES.We thanks Interdope for this resource

As - Ativan (brand name has an "A" grooved onto the pill)

Amidone - methadone

Aunti - opium

Bars - 2mg xanax - alprazolam

Big C - Cocaine

Big O - opium

Blues - 10mg Valiums

Caps - magic mushrooms

Christmas trees - tuinals (barbiturates)

Dillies - Dilaudid

Dreamer - morphine

Finasteride - Propecia

First line - morphine

Fizzies - methadone

Fours - 60mg (one grain) of Codeine compounded with paracematol (Tylenol)

Footballs - Darvon and Darvocet

Gondola - opium )

Green - Methadone

Hows - morphine

Ks - Klonopin (brand name has a "K" cut out of the center,

as analogous to the "V" in valium

M.S. - morphine

Mary Jane - a term for cannabis that originated in the 1930s.

Meth - Methadone

Mister blue - morphine

Morf - morphine

Morpho - morphine

N's - Darvon and Darvocet

Oxys - oxycontin

Percs - codan or percocet

Perico - Puerto Rican/hispanic slang for cocaine; literally

translated as"go fast"

Pinks - Darvon and Darvocet

Reds - seconals (barbiturates)

Shrooms - magic mushrooms

Sticks - the most potent form of Xanax (alprazolam), the 2mg size

Sweet Morpheus - morphine

Temazies - Temazapam

Unkie - morphine

Vs - 10mg Valiums

Vikes - vicodin, lorcet or lortab; hydrocodone compounded with paracematol (Tylenol)




Addict - Person who is addicted to drugs; has a drug habit

All star - user of multiple drugs

Bedbugs - fellow addicts

Burnout - heavy abuser of drugs

Chipper - occasional Hispanic user

Chipping - using drugs occasionally

Dabble - use drugs occasionally .

Dinosaurs - populations of heroin users in their forties and fifties

Globetrotter - an addict who traverses different neighborhoods in search of the best narcotics

Gutter junkie - addict who relies on others to obtain drugs

Hulling - using others to get drugs

Hype - heroin addict; an addict

Jolly pop - casual user of heroin

Jones - “Got myself a Jones” means physically addicted

Make up - need to find more drugs

Nollhead - one who habitually uses barbituates (i.e., tuinal,

seconal, fiornal)

Ones - Individuals, who spend each $5 or $10 they earn on one bag of

heroin or cocaine.

Smack-head -addict

Strung out - heavily addicted to drugs

Tecatos - Hispanic heroin addicts

Zombie - heavy user of drugs



Agonies -withdrawal symptoms

All lit up - under the influence of drugs

Apparto -Puerto Rican slang for works (syringe).

Artillery -equipment for injecting drugs

Babe -drug used for detoxification

Baby habit -occasional use of drugs

Babysit -guide someone through first drug experience

Back jack -injecting opium

Back to back -smoking crack after injecting heroin or vise versa

Backtrack -allow blood to flow back into a needle during injection

Backup -prepare vein for injection

Bad go -bad reaction to a drug

Bad hit -Injection resulting in unpleasant side effects.

Bang -to inject a drug

Batt -IV needle

Bender -drug party

Bing -enough of a drug for one injection

Bingo -to inject a drug

Bird - Prison sentence

Blasted -under the influence of drugs

Blow a fix -injection misses the vein and is wasted in the skin

Blow a shot -injection misses the vein and is wasted in the skin

Boost -to inject a drug; to steal

Boost and shoot -steal to support a habit

Boot -to inject a drug

Booted -under the influence of drugs

Boxed -in jail

Bridge up or bring up -ready a vein for injection

Burn the main line -to inject a drug

Burned out -collapse of veins from repeated injections

Buzz -under the influence of drugs

Channe - l vein into which a drug is injected

Channel swimmer -one who injects heroin

Charged up - under the influence of drugs

Clear up -stop drug use

Clucking -Detoxing from heroin; withdrawal symptoms

Coasting -under the influence of drugs

Cook down -process in which users liquefy heroin in order to inhale it

Cooker -to inject a drug

Cooking up -Melting down heroin on a spoon for injecting

Crank up -Inject drugs

Cranking -Injecting drugs

Digging -Injecting heroin

Draw up -to inject a drug

Dropper -to inject a drug

Emergency gun -instrument used to inject other than syringe

Flying -under the influence of drugs

Fuete -hypodermic needle

Gaffus -hypodermic needle

Geezer -to inject a drug

Get down -to inject a drug

Get lifted -under the influence of drugs

Get off -to inject a drug; get "high"

Get off houses -private places heroin users can purchase & use heroin for a fee

Gimmick -drug injection equipment

Give wings -inject someone or teach someone to inject heroin

Glass -hypodermic needle

Glass gun -hypodermic needle

Go into a sewer -to inject a drug

G-shot -small dose of drugs used to hold off withdrawal symptoms until full dose can be taken

Gun -Syringe

Gutter -vein into which a drug is injected

Heeled -having plenty of money

High -The effect drug users feel when using drugs

Hit house -house where users go to shoot up and leave the owner drugs as payment

Hit the main line -to inject a drug

Hit the needle -to inject a drug

Hit the pit -to inject a drug

Hitting up -injecting drugs

Holding -possessing drugs

Honeymoon -early stages of drug use before addiction or

dependency develops

Hot load/hot shot -lethal injection of an opiate

Hype stick -hypodermic needle

Ice cream habit -occasional use of drugs

Intramuscularly -Injecting into a muscle

Jab/job -to inject a drug

Jack -steal someone else's drugs

Jack-Up -to inject a drug

Jolt -to inject a drug; strong reaction to drugs

Joy pop -to inject a drug

Joy popping -occasional use of drugs

Kick -Getting off a drug habit, 'to kick the habit'

Kit -Equipment for injecting drugs

Laugh and scratch -to inject a drug

Lay-out -equipment for taking drugs

Leaping -under the influence of drugs

Lit up -under the influence of drugs

Main line -to inject a drug

Mainliner -Person who injects into the vein

Monged -When a person nods off to sleep when heavily under the influence

Monkey -drug dependency; cigarette made from cocaine paste and tobacco

Nod -effects of heroin

Nod out -When a person nods off to sleep when heavily under the influence

Olive oil -Tin foil (Cockney rhyming slang)

On a trip -under the influence of drugs

On ice -in jail

On the nod -under the influence of narcotics or depressant

Pepsi habit -occasional use of drugs

Ping-in-wing -to inject a drug

Pinned out -When pupils shrink to the size of pin-heads when under the influence

Pinning -Injecting drugs

Pins -Syringes

Plant - hiding place for drugs

Point - a needle

Poking - Injecting drugs

Rattling - Detoxing from heroin, doing your 'rattle'

Razed -under the influence of drugs

Red - under the influence of drugs

Riding the wave - under the influence of drugs Rig

-Equipment for injecting drugs

Ripped -Under the influence of drugs

Roller -to inject a drug

Satch cotton -fabric used to filter narcotics before injection

Scratch -money

Script -Prescription for controlled drugs, usually refers to a Methadone

Sewer -vein into which a drug is injected

Sharps -Needles/Syringes

Sharps Box - Box into which you can place used needles safely

Shooting up -Injecting heroin

Shot -to inject a drug

Shot down -under the influence of drugs

Sick -Suffering from withdrawal symptoms

Skied -under the influence of drugs

Slam -To inject a drug

Smoke-out -under the influence of drugs

Spike -to inject a drug; needle

Spiking -Injecting drugs

Stash -Place to hide drugs; amount of drugs

Stoned -Under the influence of drugs

Straight -Not under the influence of drugs; someone who does not take drugs

Tie -to inject a drug

Toking -To smoke heroin on foil

Tools -Equipment for injecting drugs

Toot -To smoke heroin on foil

Track -to inject a drug

Track marks -Rows of needle marks on a person. Scars caused by injecting

Tracks -Row of needle marks on a person. Scars caused by injecting

Trap -hiding place for drugs

Trashed -Under the influence

Turned on - introduced to drugs; under the influence

Wasted -Under the influence of drugs

Wired -High or stoned on drugs



Addiction - a chronic, relapsing disease (characterised by compulsive drug seeking and use)

Bag - The amount of heroin bought (wrap, bag, deal).

Blob - Melted heroin, on foil

Buprenorphine - A strong pain killer used in the treatment of patients addicted to opiates.

Chasing the dragon - to smoke heroin

Citric / Citric Acid - Powder that helps dissolve the heroin

Cold turkey - sudden withdrawal from drugs; withdrawal symptoms

Cook - mix heroin with water; heating heroin to prepare it for injection

Craving - A powerful, often uncontrollable desire for drugs

Dealer - Person who sells drugs

Detox / Detoxification - To try and get clean by not using a drug. To stop using.

Dihydrocodeine (DF's) - These are strong pain killers used for detox.

Gear - Heroin

Gouching - When a person nods off to sleep when heavily under the influence

Habit - State of addiction; being addicted to heroin - 'having a habit'

Hooked - Addicted to a drug Junkie - addict

LAAM - Levo-alpha-acetyl-methadol. Methadone alternative.

Mainlining - Intravenous injection of heroin (directly into a vein)

Methadone - A long-acting synthetic opiate

OD (s) - Overdose

Opiates - All drugs derived from the opium poppy.

Opioids - Synthetic drugs manufactured to mimic the effects of opiates

Overdose - When a person takes too much heroin

Physical Dependence - Being addicted. Not being able to stop without withdrawl effects.

Pinned - When a users pupils shrink to the size of pin-heads when under the influence

Powder - heroin

Rush - The surge of euphoric pleasure that follows straight after a drug has been taken Score - purchase drugs

Score / Scoring - Purchase drugs

Sharps Box - Box to store used syringes in safely

Shoot - heroin

Shoot up - Injecting heroin

Skin popping - Injecting drugs subcutaneously

Snorting - Sniffing drugs up your nose

Subcutaneously - Injecting just under the skin (skin-popping)

Tooter - The foil tube used to smoke heroin through

Tooting - Smoking heroin on foil

Turkeying - Detoxing from heroin

Withdrawal - The symptoms that occur when an addictive drug is greatly reduced or stopped

Works - The tools to do heroin (needles, tourniquets, spoons, filters, lighters, swabs)



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