Hydros, Dabs, Molly, and More: Street Names of 7 Commonly Abused Drugs

Learn to Recognize Common Street Names for Drugs

Drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the U.S. with very few communities escaping its effects.  Sadly, substance abuse could be closer than you think, perhaps even in your own home.

When abusing drugs, people tend to be secretive, and that can make identifying a substance use problem in a loved one complicated. You may know the people close to you very well, but if you suspect they may be using drugs, how can you be sure?

Recognizing the common street names for drugs is a good place to start. Understanding what these terms mean could also help you spot drug use early on before it gets out of control. So the next time you hear chatter (or read texts) that mention hydros, dabs, molly, K2, spice, or other strange terms, you should take notice and take steps to educate yourself further to help protect your family.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today at 877.969.1993 to learn how we can help.

Names of Common Drugs to Be Aware Of

When addicts talk amongst themselves, they will probably not speak openly about the drugs they’re taking. Instead, they will use code words or slang, to refer to the substances they are buying, trading, and using.

As a parent, friend, or concerned loved one, you should learn to recognize those street names, so you can be ready to step in with intervention and help. Below are some of the names of common drugs you need to know:


As the opioid epidemic rages on, many people turn to heroin as a more readily available5 and cheaper alternative to prescription medications, often with deadly results. Here are some street names for heroin you should never ignore, especially if someone mentions them in your family:

  • Junk
  • Smack
  • Horse
  • H
  • Hell dust


Whether it is consumed in powdered form or the more powerful crack variety, cocaine is a dangerous drug that goes by many street names. Some of the common street names for cocaine include:

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Rails
  • Snow
  • C
  • Powder
  • Rock


Methampetamine is a drug that has created an epidemic to rival the Opioid one.  Methamphetamine is extremely addictive, dangerous, and even deadly.  So you need to recognize these common street names:

  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Crystal Meth
  • Speed
  • Ice
  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Glass


The quasi-legal status of marijuana in many states has led many to believe the drug is not dangerous, unfortunately, that is not the case. No matter what name it goes by, marijuana can damage developing brains, and parents should be on the lookout for these common street names:

  • Weed
  • Grass
  • Herb
  • Pot
  • Mary Jane
  • Dabs – a highly potent processed form of marijuana
  • K2 – a potentially dangerous form of synthetic marijuana
  • Spice – another synthetic form of marijuana


Another potentially dangerous stimulant, MDMA is closely linked to dance parties where drug use is common. MDMA goes by many street names, including:

  • Molly
  • E
  • Ecstasy
  • Eve
  • XTC
  • Beans
  • Love Drug


Popular in the 1960s, LSD is still very prevalent.  This powerful hallucinogen goes by many names on the street, including:

  • Acid
  • Blotter
  • Dots
  • Yellow Sunshine
  • Big D


Prescription opioids are highly addictive and often abused, and these dangerous drugs also go by several innocent-sounding names. You should be concerned if you hear someone you care about discussing:

  • Hyrdos
  • China White
  • Morf
  • Oxy

Seeking Help Through Drug Rehab

If you have been struggling with substance abuse yourself or are concerned about a friend or family member, you cannot afford to wait. Drug abuse is a severe problem and a real danger to individual addicts, friends, family members, and society.

The good news is you don’t have to suffer in silence, and you don’t have to wait for the person you’re concerned about to tell you what’s going on. Now that you know all about hydros, dabs, molly, and other street drug names, you will know what to listen for, and that could make all the difference in the life of someone you care about.

If you suspect, but aren’t sure, that someone you love is abusing drugs, give yourself peace of mind and reach out for help. At WhiteSands, we know what to look for, how to evaluate a troubling situation, and how to help you move forward.

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

Jackie has been involved in the substance abuse and addiction treatment sector for over five years and this is something that she is truly eager about. She has a passion for writing and continuously works to create informative pieces that not only educate and inform the public about the disease of addiction but also provide solutions for those who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.