Street Names of Prescription Drugs

Familiarize Yourselves with Common Street Names of Prescription Drugs

There are many prescription drugs that are abused on the street, being taken either by those to whom they are not prescribed or for reasons other than their intended use. In the United States, over the counter and prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans aged 14 and older. Read more to find out about the street names of prescription drugs.

The different classes of prescription drugs most commonly abused on the street are opioid painkillers, stimulants for treating disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder and central nervous system depressants to relieve anxiety. Apart from the prescription drugs, common over the counter drugs that are abused are a cough and cold remedies.

These prescription drugs can be obtained in many different ways. They can sometimes be stolen by dishonest medical professionals, or through the process of doctor-shopping. Individuals may alter their prescriptions or go out of their way to make fraudulent refills. Younger people may obtain these prescription drugs from peers or the family medicine cabinet along with buying it from people who have legitimate reasons to be taking the drug and sell it or give it away.

Street Names of Prescription Drugs

There are various categories of substances abused that fall into the groups of stimulants, depressants, and opioids. These substances have chemical names, brand names, and street names. The street names of prescription drugs may vary.

Depressants are used to help people with anxiety along with being used as sedatives and tranquilizers. When sold on the street, they can come in the form of pills or capsules. The user abuses depressants to feel extreme happiness and excitement. Some common street names of prescription drugs for central nervous system depressants such as Barbiturates are:

  • Barbs
  • Phennies
  • Reds
  • Red birds
  • Tooies
  • Yellows
  • Yellowjackets

Some common street names of prescription drugs for other central nervous system depressants such as Benzodiazepines are:

  • Benzos
  • Blues
  • Candy
  • Chill pills
  • French Fries
  • Downers
  • Sleeping pills
  • Totem poles
  • Tranks
  • Z-bar

Opioids are used as painkillers and usually given to patients who have recently had surgery. When opioids are abused they allow the user to feel profoundly lively and tranquil. When opioids are sold as street drugs they come in various forms such as powder, pills or syrup and can be ingested into the system in numerous ways. There are several opioid prescription drugs like Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone and these painkillers street names can be known as:

  • Captain Cody
  • School boy
  • Sizzup
  • Purple drank
  • Texas tea
  • Apache
  • China girl
  • China white
  • Dance fever
  • Goodfella
  • Jackpot
  • Murder 8
  • Percopop
  • Fluff hydros
  • Vitamin
  • Vic
  • Dreamer
  • First line
  • M
  • God’s drug
  • Miss Emma
  • Mister blue
  • Monkey
  • Morpho
  • White stuff
  • Cotton
  • Hillbilly heroin
  • Ox
  • Oxy
  • Percs
  • C.

Stimulants affect the brain and the body helping it move faster allowing the user to be more on the ball and active. Stimulants can be used to treat obesity, narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when prescribed by a medical professional. Stimulants that are sold on the street come as pills and allow the user to feel alert, have new levels of energy and feel happy. Many times stimulates are abused by students or workers to help them stay awake at the job or to study. There are two main types of stimulants, Amphetamines, and Methylphenidate and the street names for these prescription drugs can be:

  • Bennies
  • Black beauties
  • Crosses
  • Hearts
  • LA turnaround
  • Speed
  • Truck drivers
  • Uppers
  • JIF
  • Kibbles and bits
  • MPH
  • Pineapple
  • R-ball
  • Skippy
  • The smart drug
  • Vitamin R

Dangerous Effects on the Body

All of the listed prescription drug and painkillers can have harmful effects on the body when misused. According to the US National Library of Medicine, patients usually do not get addicted to the prescription drugs when they are used with the correct dosage to treat the health condition. When a user becomes addicted, the body and mind have then become dependent on the drug and over time the body builds up a tolerance leading the user to need more of the drug to reach the same pleasure.

Listed below are some harmful effects of stimulants, depressants, and opioids on the body:

  • Weight loss (stimulants)
  • Memory loss (stimulants)
  • Emotional problems (stimulants)
  • Heart problems (stimulants)
  • Skin flushing and high body temperatures (stimulants)
  • Constipation (opioids)
  • Dry mouth (opioids)
  • Lack of coordination (opioids)
  • Lowered blood pressure (opioids)
  • Weakness, dizziness, sleepiness (opioids)
  • Decreased attention span (depressants)
  • Impaired judgment (depressants)
  • Memory problems (depressants)
  • Slurred speech (depressants)

It is important to remember that just because prescription pain medicine may have been prescribed by a doctor, on the street and abusing it is no safer than any other drug such as heroin or cocaine. Don’t be fooled by common street names for prescription drugs.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.