Nicknames, Street Names and Slang for Heroin


Lower the Chances of Your Child Getting Involved with Heroin

The thought of your child trying heroin is scary. Almost 40 percent of teens don’t perceive any major risk with trying heroin once or twice a week, and more than 14 percent say it would be easy for them to find heroin if they wanted to. Talking to your child about drugs and addiction can be difficult, but it is a critical step in your relationship and your child’s well being. Adolescents won’t talk about drugs in the open, and might not easily open up if they are suffering from a drug addiction. Instead, they quickly adapt the street lingo for heroin and getting high on heroin. Drugs have multiple nicknames, street names, and slag that you may be hearing but are unaware of their meanings.  Read through this list to be mindful of the many nicknames.

There are many reasons why it is important to take preventative measures to keep your child from being introduced to heroin. Once someone starts using this drug, there is a chance they will become a addicted, which is very hard to come back from. Even if he or she tries to quit heroin “cold turkey” the body is likely to experience withdraws. Withdraws are the reason why people continue with heroin use because they are not taking the drug in order to feel good, rather they are taking it to not feel bad. A major step you can take as a parent is to educate yourself about the drug and its common use by visiting websites such as and Talk to your kids about the potentially fatal risks behind using this drug. If you think your kid has used heroin and needs help, do not wait to reach out to or 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) to avoid any future use or incidents. 

Nicknames and Street Names for Heroin

Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. It is typically injected, but more and more teens are turning to snorting, smoking or swallowing heroin because they falsely believe this is safer than using needles. Here are the common nicknames and street names for heroin:

  1. Smack
  2. H
  3. Tar
  4. Chiba or Chiva
  5. Junk
  6. Brown Sugar
  7. Hell dust
  8. Skag
  9. Mud
  10. Dragon
  11. Dope
  12. White, China White, White Nurse, White Lady, White Horse, White Girl, White Boy, White Stuff
  13. Boy, He
  14. Black, Black Tar, Black Pearl, Black Stuff, Black Eagle
  15. Brown, Brown Crystal, Brown Tape, Brown Rhine
  16. Mexican Brown, Mexican Mud, Mexican Horse
  17. Snow, Snowball
  18. Scat, Sack, Skunk
  19. Number 3, Number 4, Number 8
  20. China White
  21. Thunder

Nicknames and Street Names for Heroin-Laced Drugs

Sometimes heroin is combined with other drugs to obtain a certain high. Be aware of the following slang terms for these types of “mixed” drugs:

1. Heroin and Marijuana:

  • Atom Bomb, Canade, Woola, Woolie, Woo-Woo

2. Heroin and Cold Medicine:

  • Cheese

3. Heroin and Ecstasy:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies, H Bomb

4. Heroin and Alprazolam:

  • Bars

5. Heroin and LSD:

  • Beast, LBJ

5. Heroin and Cocaine:

  • Belushi, Boy-Girl, He-She, Dynamite, Goofball, H&C, Primo, Snowball

6. Heroin and Crack:

  • Chocolate Rock, Dragon Rock, Moonrock

6. Heroin and Ritalin:

  • Pineapple

Slang Terms for Heroin Use and Abuse

Is your child talking about using heroin right in front of you? It may potentially be time to consider a drug treatment center to begin the road to recovery. Here are some common slang terms for using heroin or to describe someone who uses heroin:

  1. Chasing the Dragon
  2. Daytime (being high)
  3. Evening (coming off the high)
  4. Dip and Dab
  5. Do Up
  6. Firing the Ack Ack Gun
  7. Give Wings
  8. Jolly Pop
  9. Paper Boy
  10. Channel Swimmer

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 Heroin Treatment at Casa Palmera

At Casa Palmera substance abuse treatment center, we understand the unique issues teens face, and we know that heroin 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 heroin, 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.


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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.