Nicknames and Slang for Abusing Prescription Drugs

It’s hard to imagine your child would ever abuse prescription drugs, but don’t be fooled. Statistics show that the number of teens abusing prescription drugs has nearly tripled since 1992. Think that’s scary? Then check out these other teen prescription drug abuse statistics:

* Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drug among 12- to 13-year olds.
* Nearly 1 in 5 teens have abused prescription drugs.
* Nearly 30 percent of teens believe there is “nothing wrong” with abusing prescription drugs every now and then and that prescription painkillers aren’t addictive.
* Five out of the top 6 drugs abused by high school seniors are prescription drugs or cold/cough medicines.

The more you know about what your child does and who they hang out with, the more likely you’ll be able to spot when they’re messing with the wrong stuff. They may even be talking about using drugs right in front of you. Many street names and slag for drugs are being used that you probably have never heard of.  Do you know all the common slang terms for abusing prescription drugs or partying? To help you gain insight into your child’s relationship with prescription drugs, we’ve compiled a list of common street names and nicknames for prescription drugs and partying.

Nicknames and Street Names for Prescription Drugs

There are many types of prescription drugs that are commonly abused. Here are the common nicknames and street names for prescription drugs:





Z-bar, Bricks, Benzos



Sedatives & Tranquilizers:

Chill Pills, French Fries, Tranqs


Rid, Vitamin R, Jif, R-ball, Rittys, Rits


Beans, Black Beauties, Christmas Trees, Double Trouble

Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and other Painkillers:

Vike, Watson-387, Tuss, Big Boys, Cotton, OC, Cotton, Percs, Morph, Kicker

Slang Terms for Prescription Drug Use and Abuse

Is your child talking about abusing prescription drugs right in front of you? Here are some common slang terms for using prescription drugs or to describe someone who uses prescription drugs:

* Pharming
* Pharm Parties
* Recipe (mixing prescription drugs with alcoholic or other beverages)
* Trail Mix (mixing various prescription drugs at pharm parties)

How to Talk to Your Teen about Drugs and Partying

According to, only 10 percent of the estimated 1.4 million teens with substance abuse problems receive treatment. Don’t let your child be another sad statistic. If you think your teen is using drugs or drinking, take action. The sooner you address the problem, the less likely that their experimentation will lead to abuse and addiction. Immediately begin to more closely monitor your teen’s activities and set up reasonable rules and consequences that are enforceable. The most important thing you can do as a parent is not deny that a drug or alcohol problem exists. If the problem is beyond your ability to handle, ask for help. There are many drug and alcohol treatment programs that are tailored to teens.

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment at Casa Palmera

At Casa Palmera, we understand the unique issues teens face, and we know that prescription drugs and other substance use is usually a symptom of something deeper. Our highly skilled staff is trained at uncovering the underlying issues that lead teens to use drugs or alcohol and will help them work through their problems in a more productive way.

Don’t let your child ruin his or her life with prescription drugs, alcohol or other drugs. Call Casa Palmera today and put your teen in the hands of trained, highly skilled professionals who will bring your child back to a healthy, happy life.


This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for medical advice. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique, and this content is to provide an overall understanding of substance use disorders. These disorders are very complex, and this post does not take into account the unique circumstances for every individual. For specific questions about your health needs or that of a loved one, seek the help of a healthcare professional.