Street Names and Slang Terms for Drugs That Every Parent Should Know

Slang Terms for Drugs That Parents Should Know

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, discovering that your child, regardless of age, has a problem with illicit drugs. Knowing the slang terms for drugs and their ‘street’ names can help you. This will perhaps identify the drug that your family member is using.

However, drug addiction by nature is steeped in deceit, manipulation and lies. In addition, most addicts will go to great extremes to hide the fact that they are taking drugs. This is especially true from those in authority or anyone who may challenge them.

As a parent it can be very difficult to confirm suspicions of drug taking. Your child may give any number of sometimes plausible excuses for their irrational and erratic behaviour. However, being in possession of the full facts of drug addiction is a powerful tool in setting healthy boundaries and in challenging a person to accept addiction help.

Slang Terms For Commonly Abused Drugs

Step by Step Recovery have set out below the most commonly abused drugs and their associated street names and slang terms. This information can be helpful if you hear a certain drug name mentioned or perhaps see a text message mentioning it.

The British police force have been tasked with familiarising themselves with the common street terms for illicit drugs. This helps them to identify drug takers and drug dealers.

Slang drug terms


Speed, Wizz, Sulph, Uppers, Phet, Sulphate, Whizz, Billy.

Amphetamines are synthetic stimulants and come in the form of illicit drugs and prescription medications. They work by speeding up the mind and body and inducing euphoria.

An individual that has taken amphetamines will likely be unusually chatty, happy, alert, confident and motivated. Amphetamines can also increase sexual desire. Illicit amphetamines are extremely dangerous, they can cause anorexia nervosa, overheating, dehydration, mental health problems, insomnia and cardiac arrest.

Prescribed Amphetamines

Adderall, Methylphenidate, Ritalin, Mydayis, Dyanavel XR, Adzenys XR-ODT

Prescribed amphetamines are used in the treatment of medical conditions such as narcolepsy but also in combating ADHD as they promote the ability to focus and concentrate. They are drugs that can be easily abused if they fall into the wrong hands and can be very dangerous if taken off prescription or abused.

When prescribed amphetamines are abused there is a vastly increased risk of mental health illness, anorexia nervosa, insomnia and cardiac arrest.


Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Solid, Smoke, Dope, Puff, Hash, Grass, Bunt, Joint

Cannabis is a Class B drug that is derived in varying forms from the Cannabis plant. Cannabis is the most widely abused illicit drug in the UK and it is usually rolled with tobacco and smoked; sometimes cannabis is added to cooking and eaten.

Someone under the influence of cannabis may have bloodshot eyes and droopy eyelids. They are likely to have delayed, slurred or slowed speech. Likwise, they may have fits of giggles, euphoria and appear relaxed. The biggest danger with cannabis is that the THC content of the drug comes in varying strengths and is psychoactive. So THC can trigger the onset of mental health problems and sometimes these cannot be reversed by simply quitting the drug.


Blow, Coke, White, Charlie, Snow, Sniff, Powder, White, C, Freebase, Ching, Chang

Cocaine is a Class A drug and a powerful stimulant that comes in a white powdered form and also in an off-white rock form. The powdered form is most commonly used and is usually snorted through a straw or rolled banknote.

An individual on cocaine or crack cocaine will have enlarged pupils, euphoria, heightened senses, increased sex drive, loss of inhibitions and be very chatty. Psychosis and cardiac arrest are just two of the risks associated with this drug. Cocaine has increased in purity over recent years and as a result more deaths are being recorded than ever before.

Crack Cocaine

Rocks, Pebbles, White, Toot

Crack cocaine is derived from the coca plant and has the same effects as powdered cocaine but more pronounced. It delivers a more powerful but shorter lasting high and is usually smoked on a pipe or through a homemade bong device.

Crack Cocaine is extremely addictive and more often than not leads to addiction. It carries the same health risks associated with powdered cocaine.

Slang terms for drugs


E, MDMA, Beans, Dizzle, Superman, Mandy, Dolphins, Cowies, Rolex, Pills, Molly, Mitsubishis, XTC

Ecstasy is a Class A drug that is commonly abused in clubs, at parties and at raves. It is sold in pills and powder form and popular with the younger generation.

Ecstasy has been linked to liver, kidney and heart problems. The main issue with this drug is its varying strength and the unidentified cutting agents that it is mixed with.

Ecstasy can cause overheating and mental health problems. Consequently, anyone with a heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma should stay clear.


H, Smack, Skag, Brown, Gear, Horse

Heroin is a powerful Class A opiate drug that can be smoked in a pipe, bong or from foil and can also be prepared and injected intravenously. Heroin is extremely addictive due to its notorious withdrawal symptoms and intense euphoric high.

An individual under the influence of heroin is likely to have pinpoint pupils in their eyes, be very sleepy/drowsy, have delayed/slowed/slurred speech and nod in and out of consciousness. The immediate and main danger of heroin is respiratory arrest and overdose.

Deaths involving heroin and morphine (heroin is converted into morphine by the body) increased from 579 deaths in 2012 to 1,209 deaths in 2016. Heroin is more potent than previous years and is frequently mixed with Fentanyl – A deadly powerful synthetic opioid drug that is up to 50 times stronger than street heroin.

Help For Drug Addiction

In summary, drug addiction is not a lifestyle choice but a disease of the brain. It often progresses to control the individual to such an extent that they will take drugs regardless of the probable risks and consequences.

Step by Step Recovery are here to provide drug detox and drug rehab for any individual requiring private addiction treatment for a drug problem. Therefore, please do call us to find out more about our bespoke rehab treatment programmes or complete and return our online assessment form.