Nicknames, Street Names and Slang for 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 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. Read through this list to be mindful of the many nicknames.

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:

  • Smack
  • H
  • Tar
  • Chiba or Chiva
  • Junk
  • Brown Sugar
  • Junk
  • Skag
  • Mud
  • Dragon
  • Dope
  • White, China White, White Nurse, White Lady, White Horse, White Girl, White Boy, White Stuff
  • Boy, He
  • Black, Black Tar, Black Pearl, Black Stuff, Black Eagle
  • Brown, Brown Crystal, Brown Tape, Brown Rhine
  • Mexican Brown, Mexican Mud, Mexican Horse
  • Snow, Snowball
  • Scat, Sack, Skunk
  • Number 3, Number 4, Number 8

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:

Heroin and Marijuana:

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

Heroin and Cold Medicine:


Heroin and Ecstasy:

Chocolate Chip Cookies, H Bomb

Heroin and Alprazolam:


Heroin and LSD:

Beast, LBJ

Heroin and Cocaine:

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

Heroin and Crack:

Chocolate Rock, Dragon Rock, Moonrock

Heroin and Ritalin:


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:

  • Chasing the Dragon
  • Daytime (being high)
  • Evening (coming off the high)
  • Dip and Dab
  • Do Up
  • Firing the Ack Ack Gun
  • Give Wings
  • Jolly Pop
  • Paper Boy
  • 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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50 Responses to “Nicknames, Street Names and Slang for Heroin”

  1. Darius M.

    Its Ok, Everyone Gets Help, Ill Pray For Your Son

  2. Sofia

    What’s a white bar? I overheard my son talking to a friend about buying “white bars”, I honestly don’t know what to do.

  3. Casa Palmera

    Hi Sofia – The nickname white bar likely refers to Xanax bars of 2mg each.

  4. Javarus R.

    Im doing drugs and I need help! I shoot up every day and I cant stop! I be having withdrawls! Its pathetic and I’m trying to clean my life up for my 9 kids by 4 different women. Yall might have seen me on Maury.

  5. Casa Palmera

    Hi Javarus – Thank you for your comment. For information on our services and how we can help please call 1-866-768-6719 or email

  6. linda

    What do I do…my fiancee says he doesn’t have a problem with drugs but he does. I also know he gets it out of town where he works…I sometimes just wanna pack my things and leave..but I stay because I love him…help what do I do…..

  7. Haley

    I’m not a proffesional, but if you really do love him then you should stay and do everthing you can to help him, becasuse i had this problem before and if i didn’t have people for support i wouldn’t have made it.

  8. john

    My brother has had drug problems all his life. I have been loaning him money weekly for gas and food/ Yesterday he accidently left his cell on an my phone recorded the following words he said that were in no way in context as if code words. (“I have not eaten Today) (Why am I out of the Loop”) (” I have been bitten by the shark”) ( I need small I live alone I need small amount) (Harry Potter) { Have you tried Eric’s Father”) Voice in background says you cant go that route. Nothing made sense?? it was as if he was speaking in code, there were children’s voices in the background asking why he was bad. and the mother replied (I like bad boys)

  9. Casa Palmera Staff

    Viola – diesel is sometimes used as a reference for heroin. We cannot confirm or be sure that this is correct in this instance, but this might provide you with some additional insight.

  10. Joe

    diesel is used for heroin in some places and for angel dust in others, either way it’s serious business

  11. Cody p.

    I hope all kids who think trying heroin is harmless or not as bad as crystal meth or crack or bath salts see this. Even marijuanq is harmful unless you use it for medicinal uses. I tried marijuana when i was 8 years old. After that i foubd myself trying vicodin 5mg’d and percocet 5mg’s. Then 10 mg, then came 30, than came morphine then came heroin,exstacy, cocaine,angel dust, and then even 2cb( an experimental drug that dealer will pass off to you not even lettin you know what it is for the purpose of it looks like a pill of exstacy, therefore they make more $ off you. And as you start trying drugs you dont even notice that you are trying all these heavy narcotics, psychadelics, stimulants. And this is because others are doing it around you. And once you do start hanging with that crowd is when youll start being pressured to try those new drugs so it seems normal since your friends are also experiementing. Then comes handcuffs. And trust me it isnt fun being in court hearing the judge tell you that your bond is $100,000. So please kids choose the right path

  12. Craig

    Diesel may also just be one of a hundred new forms of pot too. I taught high school for 20 years and the kids were open with me cause I would swear confidentiality unless they said something to make me think they were gonna hurt themselves or another. About 3 years ago Diesel was a very strong pot, a kid told me. He was smoking a lot and was reaching out. I got him the help he needed and also served myself up as a sounding board for these kids which is what a lot of them really need the most because they fear their parents.

  13. Craig

    Btw, heroin is the worst. Their is no real recovery. That’s the most “one day at time” reprieves of all. It’s a daily fight for all. Alcoholics get used to living a sober life and enjoy it without fighting cravings on a daily basis. They have to be on their toes everyday, but it does become easier with time for many, not all. I just buried a former student of 2 years ago because outside of school ONE year, he no longer had all the support we were giving him. Sad. Not my first, and surely not my last. Glad I moved down to Elementary.

  14. T

    Al Anon. Look up a meeting in your area and go, really helped my family out.

  15. Jericho

    Diesel is also street for a certain strand of weed

  16. Matt

    @Cody P Yeah Marijuana is harmful when a fool like you smokes it at 8 years old!

  17. Ray

    My wife filed for a divorce last September she goes and uses with friends at work Some say Meth or Heroin. All I know for years she would always itch or slur her speech and be woosy. What is she on.

  18. Casa Palmera Staff

    Ray – We advise you to see professional medical assistance for your wife, as it’s tough to diagnose what she could be suffering from based on a few symptoms.

  19. theboss64

    hey you all are fools i am super young and drinking and using drugs hasnt even crossed my mind i am completely free of everything people are so dumb these days they dont realize what things are doing to there body. i play 5 sports and i would hate to jeoperdize that i love sports and think of all the people who have destroyed there lives just becuase they couldn’t say no i am sorry but people listen these things need to be gone i mean think of all the teens who are trying these harmful things i would hate to see one of my bestfriends go down like this now ask yourself would you???

  20. micky

    do u know exactly what its medical uses are? im doing a project and cnt find good answers.canu help?

  21. Anonymous

    People need to start realizing that marijuana is not a “gateway drug” and such claims are propaganda, drugs are like any other substance on this earth, they are not bad by themselves, their effects may be negative, but most of the time the only thing that is “bad” is your decision to abuse a substance. Everyone is different, we all make different choices, what decision will you make? A good one or a bad one? Remember life is short, if you are in a rut, dig yourself out as fast as you can and enjoy life while you still have the time to.

  22. banana

    Hi what does lets chief it mean? I caught my. Bf friend telling him that

  23. Casa Palmera Staff

    “Chiefing’ has been used as a nickname for several types of drugs, but is often times related to smoking. We cannot be certain to the specifications used in your conversation and situation. If you believe someone may have a problem with substances, we advise you to contact your physician ASAP for additional information. Thank you

  24. Casa Palmera Staff

    Kristy – variations of that word are sometimes used to describe methamphetamine or ketamine, but we cannot be certain without knowing the specific situation the word was used. We advise you to contact your physician or medical assistance if you believe a loved one may have a problem. Thank you

  25. Sox05

    Ray this may answer some questions you have if it’s not already taken care of by now but I can say I was an addict for 11 years I had a bad problem with pain pills an heroin I lost just about everything I had my wife, kid, house, truck, and almost my family I was doing the same as your wife itching nodding In N Out losing job after job spending all my money on the shit an I mean all of it I had a $150’s a day habit I would wake up in the morning go get the money for the day from my grandmother witch was blind to what was going on an while I was the I would steal her pain pills like oxycontin 15’s I would snort three before I left then would head to my dealer to get the (black) witch if heroin that is in a tar like form an it’s smokable the only way I preferred but now I can honestly say I have been sober for 6 years now I got everything back in order have a nice job love having my wife and kid around that I would have been devastated if I lost them my wife is my back bone an stood by me threw the hole treatment an life could never be better for me now at this time I hope this helps u understand what is going in with ur wife

  26. Casa Palmera Staff

    K usually refers Ketamine, which is a horse tranquilizer that has been gaining popularity in usage the last few years.

  27. #hahhahayouaintnohorse

    can i just say you aint no horses so leave them tranqs alone!!!!!!
    #dontdie !

  28. Dasia

    some of my friends asked me to chaf some brown what does that mean?

  29. Devin

    They want you to try heroin. Dont. Lives to short to waste away of drugs.

  30. Alexa

    Normally when your child or friend, sister or brother is doing drugs its because of an underlieing issue the drug or drink is just the coping skill. I have been in recovery for a little over a year. My drug of choice is herion. I am 20 years old and i started drinking when i was 10 , that was verry normal in my family. My family kept on trying to push me into treatment starting since i was 13. It didnt work , because i wasnt ready. i thoughy i was being punished for my trama when really my family was just trying to help me. MAKE SURE YOU TELL WHO EVER YOUR TRYING TO HELP THAT YOUR NOT PUNISHING THEM YOUR ONLY TRYING TO HELP THEM!!!

  31. J-me

    I use heroin A LOT. And what scares me more than death is the sickness coming off the stuff. I want to stop so bad, especially for my family and before i get in any more trouble. How do i get around the sickness? And dont say suboxones because when they are gone you are just as sick, if not worse!

  32. Joe

    Having a problem is not a problem.
    Knowing you have a problem, and doing
    nothing about it is a problem.

  33. Comic Sans

    I had no Idea that there were so many different names for this one drug 0_0

  34. Casa Palmera Staff

    It sounds like you are not really open to alternatives unfortunately. You need to call a treatment facility and have a phone assessment and let them make suggestions for how they can help.

  35. Casa Palmera Staff

    This is not something we are familiar with.

  36. Shelly

    My daughter overdosed and died in her home after being sober 14 months. Her roommate and his girlfriend had 2 children in the house and subsequently left my daughter there 2 days before they called me @ work rather than call 911. Which I did…
    It does not discriminate it does not care how much money you make or which neighborhood you live in or even how good of parents you may or may not be. Pay attention to everything and you must be tough. My daughter went to treatment twice before staying sober for that 14 months before she relapsed for the last time. Once taken by heroin they are no longer the person you think you know. They are possessed by the heroin demon. It’s not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. If you suspect anything is going on SEEK HELP. Prepare for the most wretched heartbreaking fight for your (most importantly their lives). You must be a warrior and even then you may lose the battle against this horrific opponent. At least when you say your last goodbye, you will know together you fought the good fight. Won’t give you peace but you can continue to fight for others in memory of your loved one.

  37. Casa Palmera Staff

    Thank you for sharing such a powerful message. We are so sorry for your loss. I believe that your story will touch others and encourage them to get the help they need. Be well and thank you again for telling your story.

  38. Jaxs

    I’m seriously gonna be bring my son who puts any street drug in his body. Opioid, uppers,, math, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana. He is constantly. Coughing and spitting up blood but will do anything for the next fix. I’ve played for rehab 3 times. I’m tapped out. I’m watching him slowly die and it’s the worst thing for a parent to go through.

  39. Gerald

    The current and most used (99% of the time) streetword for heroin (in BC, Canada) is “Down”

  40. Rick S Garland

    What is a ball of b I’ve heard my son asking a friend for one