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21 Street Names for Heroin

21 Street Names for Heroin

There is an opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. Stories of heroin abuse, addiction and overdoses are in the headlines every day. It is impacting families everywhere.

Heroin is a powerful, illegal opioid drug on its own. Today, dealers often combine heroin with other substances like fentanyl, multiplying its potency—and also its life-threatening dangers. Buying heroin on the street is a roll-of-the-dice. A user can never really know the precise make-up or strength of the drug they’re using. As evidenced in all those headlines—heroin is a killer.

If you’re fearful that your loved one has developed a heroin addiction, seek help immediately. Speak confidentially with a counselor right now. Make the call. ((888) 837-6577.

The sooner a drug problem is identified, the faster a person can begin reclaiming their life through a comprehensive inpatient treatment program. Educate yourself. Be vigilant. Save a life.

Keep Your Ears Open!

What it’s called—

On the street, heroin goes by many names. Familiarizing yourself with slang terms can be an important, especially if you’re a parent—if you hear any of these words, it’s time to have a heart-to-heart conversation. Here are 21 street names for heroin:

  • Smack
  • H
  • Tar
  • Dope
  • Junk
  • Chiba or Chiva
  • Mud
  • China White
  • White
  • White nurse
  • White lady
  • White horse
  • White girl or white boy
  • White stuff
  • Black Pearl
  • Black tar
  • Brown crystal
  • Brown Sugar
  • Mexican brown
  • Mexican mud
  • Snow

There are also street names for heroin mixed with other substances. Heroin and Ritalin is called pineapple. Heroin with cold medicine is called cheese, heroin and ecstasy are called an H-bomb or chocolate chip cookies, and heroin and alprazolam are called bars. Heroin and cocaine are called Belushi, boy-girl, he-she, and snowball, while heroin and crack are called chocolate rock, dragon rock or moon rock.

Heroin use has street slang terms, too. You might hear terms like these:

  • Chasing the Dragon
  • Daytime (being high)
  • Evening (coming off the high)
  • Dip and Dab
  • Do Up
  • Firing the Ack-Ack Gun
  • Give Wings
  • Jolly Pop
  • Paper Boy
  • Channel Swimmer

It is important to realize these aren’t the only names for heroin and its use. They are some of the most popular. Knowing street vernacular where heroin is concerned can be helpful in identifying heroin use, and also in helping parents talk to their kids—having good and open lines of communication is the very first and best prevention in the home.

Keep Your Eyes Open!

What to look for—

In its purest form, heroin is a fine white powder. But it is found most often in shades of gray, brown or black in color. The coloring comes from additives used to dilute it, which can include sugar, caffeine or other substances. There is also a form of black heroin which looks like tar and, like tar, is gooey or sticky to the touch.

Some of the signs of heroin use to keep an eye out for in addition to identifying street names for heroin include a depressed mood or periods of euphoria, performance at school or work suffering, general changes in behavior, and physical signs like abscesses, collapsed veins and nasal ulcerations.

Parents also need to realize heroin use no longer requires a needle. Heroin can be injected, smoked or sniffed. Being aware of and keeping your eyes open for paraphernalia can also play an important role in identifying a problem.

Items used for transporting or storing the drug:

  • small baggies
  • balloons
  • foil squares

Items used for injecting the drug:

  • a belt or rubber tubing (used as a tourniquet)
  • burnt spoon or bottle cap (for liquefying the heroin)
  • cotton balls (for filtering the drug)
  • lighters
  • syringes or needles

Items used for smoking the drug:

  • burnt aluminum foil
  • burnt pop can
  • straw (for inhaling vapors from either of the above)
  • pipe

Items used for snorting the drug:

  • cut off, hollowed-out pens
  • straws
  • rolled dollar bills
  • razor blades
  • hard surface with powdery residue on it

21 Street Names for Heroin

Does any of this look or sound familiar? Is someone you love struggling? We know it is scary. We can help.

At Honey Lake Clinic, we understand that substance abuse is a complex and dangerous mental health concern, affecting not only the one in its grip, but also others. Our experienced staff, licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric specialists, strongly believe that faith-based treatment, encompassing mind, body and spirit, will provide you with the long-lasting tools and knowledge to find freedom from substance abuse.

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