Street Names For Ativan (Lorazepam)

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on April 26, 2021

Ativan is a benzodiazepine available through legal prescriptions. People that abuse this drug may purchase it illegally on the street. It goes by a few names including “tranks” and “candy.”

Common Street Names For Ativan

Ativan is a high-potency, short-acting benzodiazepine similar to Xanax. It is used to treat symptoms of anxiety and is abused for its sedative and euphoric effects.

While this drug does not have a lot of specific street names, it may be called “tranks” or “candy” when sold illegally.

Ativan can come in the form of:

  • pills
  • capsules
  • liquid

Ativan is most commonly taken in pill form, although it may be injected as a liquid. When used to get high, some people crush and snort pills for more intense effects.

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Popular Street Names For Ativan

Ativan is abused with and without a prescription, often to ease the effects of opioid withdrawals. Its prescribed use is to treat symptoms of anxiety. People that misuse drugs like lorazepam often seek out the strong sedative effects.

Common street or slang names for Ativan include:

  • candy
  • control
  • downers
  • silence
  • sleeping pills
  • tranks

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People that buy prescription benzodiazepines on the street may also use the following general names to describe Ativan.

Street names for Ativan and other benzodiazepines include:

  • bars
  • benzos
  • blues
  • chill pills
  • nerve pills
  • planks
  • xannies

Ativan With Other Drugs

Ativan, like other benzodiazepines sold on the street, may be laced with traces of synthetic opioids to increase effects. This contamination also increases the risk of respiratory depression and overdose death.

Strong benzos like Ativan are sometimes used recreationally with marijuana or alcohol. It is also used in “speedballs” that combine either cocaine or amphetamines with a depressant (benzodiazepine or opioid).

Find Help For Ativan Abuse Today

Strong benzodiazepines like Ativan are habit-forming and interfere with normal life. If you or a loved one is misusing lorazepam, help is available.

Our treatment specialists can help you find the best treatment for your needs. Both inpatient and outpatient facilities can offer positive environments to start a change. Learn how to find a drug rehab center across the US today.

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Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D. on April 26, 2021
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