Street Names for Drugs

Do you know what “Meow Meow”, “Toot”, “Smack”, or “Mitsubishi’s” are? They are actually popular street names for drugs of abuse such as Mephedrone,, Cocaine, Heroin and Ecstasy. Here we explain some of the street names for commonly used drugs that you might hear.

Bath Salts

Street Names: White Magic, Miaow, Meph, Meow Meow, MC, m-smack, M-Cat, Drone, Charge, Bubble, Bounce, 4-MMC.
Bath salts (Mephedrone) are a crystalline powder, usually brown or white.  It is packaged in foil or plastic pouches and sold as “jewelry cleaner” or “plant food” to skirt the law.  Users of bath salts experience feelings of euphoria, increased libido, and heightened sociability.  Bath salts can also cause paranoia, anxiety, and hallucinations.  The active ingredient found in bath salts is synthetic cathinone, which has been shown to trigger a flood of dopamine that can be 10 times that of cocaine.  Bath salts are very addictive and using bath salts can be fatal.

Cocaine

Street Names: White, Wash, Toot, Stones, Snow, Rocks, Percy, Pebbles, Freebase, Crack, Coke, Ching, Charlie, Chang, C.
A highly addictive stimulant, cocaine is a white powder that is snorted through the nose using a straw or something similar.  It can also be cooked with ammonia or baking soda and smoked as crack cocaine, or simply crack, so called because of the crackling noise it makes when smoked.  Cocaine triggers a flood of dopamine, which causes intense euphoria.  Over time, cocaine changes the brain’s chemistry so that users must have the drug in order to experience happiness, or even to feel normal.

Heroin

Street Names: Smack, Skag, Horse, H, Gear, Brown.
Heroin is an opiate that can be smoked, snorted, or, especially by those who have been using the drug for a while, mixed with a little water and injected.  Heroin users experience a rapid and intense high.  Subsequent uses require more of the drug to achieve the same high, and eventually users need the drug in order to function.  Heroin slows the breathing, sometimes stopping it entirely, which is often fatal.

Cannabis

Street Names: Weed, Skunk, Sinsemilla, Sensi, Resin, Puff, Pot, Marijuana, Herb, Hashish, Hash, Grass, Ganja, Draw, Dope, Bud, Bhang.
Cannabis comes from the leaves of the hemp plant which have been dried and ground.  Cannabis contains more than 400 chemicals.  THC is the compound responsible for the drug’s effects such as distorting the user’s perceptions of their environment.  In the past couple of decades, hemp plants have been bred to triple the THC content from 4% to 12%, making the drug significant stronger.  THC can inhibit learning, memory, concentration, judgment, decision-making, and coordination.

MDMA

Street Names: XTC, superman, Rolexs, Pink superman, Pills, Mitsubishi’s, MDMA, Mandy, E, Dolphins, Crystal, Cowies, Brownies.  
Commonly referred to as XTC or Ecstasy, MDMA is a synthetic stimulant with psychedelic effects.  MDMA is most often available in a pill and can often be found at raves, nightclubs, and festivals.  MDMA boosts serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.  These three neurotransmitters increase love, arousal, and trust.  Side effects of MDMA include depression, confusion, anxiety, visual disturbances, and teeth clenching, as well as elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.

Methamphetamine (meth)

Street Names: Yaba, Tina and Christine, Meth, Ice, Glass, Crystal Meth, Crank.
Typically referred to as meth or sometimes crystal, methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.  It is most often smoked, but can also be swallowed, injected, or snorted.  This drug causes an intense high, which is followed by aggression, insomnia, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions.

Prescription pain medications (opioids)

Street Names: Hillbilly Heroin, Oxys, OC, Oxycontin, Percs, Happy Pills, Vics, Blues, Syrup,and Purple Drink
Opioid pain medications are legally available with a prescription for the purpose of managing pain.  When used as directed by a doctor, they are safe and effective.  When misused or overuse, prescription pain medications are addictive and cause feelings similar to those of heroin.  These drugs are often crushed and snorted.  This bypasses the gastric system for a quick high.  Side effects of prescription pain medications can occur even when used properly, but are more pronounced when the drugs are misused.  These include drowsiness, confusion, breathing difficulties, and nausea.

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