What Are The Street Names For Heroin?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on May 7, 2020

Heroin use is becoming more and more common as the country struggles with the ongoing opioid epidemic. Recognizing the signs of heroin abuse and knowing the common street names for this drug can help save a life.

Common Street Names For Heroin

Heroin use is becoming more common each day, fueling the opioid epidemic in the United States. Heroin addiction takes hold and doesn’t want to let go, at least without a fight.

As such, it’s not only important to understand the signs of heroin use, but also to know the most common names of heroin on the street.

Common Street Names For Heroin

If you hear someone talking about drug use, you may be unaware of it. This can be due to the fact they are using other names for drugs or drug use, so others won’t know what they’re talking about. This makes it absolutely essential to learn the street names for heroin.

Some of the common street names for heroin include:

  • Tar
  • Dope
  • Smack
  • Junk
  • Brown sugar
  • Mexican mud
  • Skunk
  • Thunder

Unfortunately, heroin comes in many forms, which includes brown or white powders and even black, sticky substance called black tar.

On the streets, there are several other names for black tar:

  • Negra
  • Chiva
  • Black pearl
  • Mexican tar

What Are The Other Types Of Heroin?

In severe cases of heroin addiction, some addicted individuals will go so far as to mix it with other drugs. They do this in order to create a more powerful effect.

Below are a few substances that are mixed with heroin along with the common street names:

  • Cold medicine — Often referred to as “cheese.”
  • Ecstasy — Either called “H-bomb” or “chocolate chip cookies.”
  • Alprazolam —This is commonly referred to as “bars.”
  • Cocaine — There are a few names that people use when mixing heroin and cocaine. The names you need to look out for are “boy-girl,” “he-she,” “snowball,” “belushi,” and “bombita.”
  • Crack cocaine — The common street names for this are “chocolate rock,” “dragon rock,” and “moon rock.”

Common Street Names For Heroin Use

If you thought that only teenagers use drug slang to cover their tracks, you’d be wrong. Many addicted individuals often keep their addiction a secret and the only to openly talk about it is using this code language. You’ve learned the names for the forms of heroin, so now it’s time to learn the names for using it.

The most common street names for heroin use are:

  • dip and dab
  • chasing the dragon
  • give wings
  • daytime and evening (this is used to specify getting high and coming out of it)

There are a lot of other names that signify heroin use, however, these are the most commonly used.

Getting Help For Heroin Use And Abuse

Knowing the names for the types of heroin and its use will make it easier to identify that someone is using it. If you suspect that someone you know is using heroin, keep an ear out for the code words listed above.

Familiarizing yourself with drug-related terminology will help you determine what kind of drugs your loved one may be using.

If you or your loved one are suffering from an addiction, do not wait as help is a simple phone call away. Contact one of our treatment specialists today to find treatment for heroin use.

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