Common Prescription Narcotic Drugs Street Names

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Prescription narcotics are constantly being rerouted into abusive and recreational drug markets, making it difficult to put a stop to this problem. Still, drug abusers and dealers continue to use street names for the drugs, often instead of using the generic or brand names, in order to protect themselves from detection. The use of these street names could be dangerous to you if you are unclear on what they mean.

It is important to know the common prescription narcotic street names in the event that you encounter someone selling them or an even more dangerous situation. For example, in the situation of overdose, knowing that drug a person has taken can be easier if you have a basic understanding of these names. For many reasons, knowing common street names for prescription narcotics is beneficial and can even be necessary in certain situations.

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What are the Common Prescription Narcotics?

Prescription Narcotic Drugs Street Names

Narcotic drugs are sold illegally all too often. Knowing street names helps you identify abuse.

According to the DEA, “Also known as ‘opioids,’ the term ‘narcotic’ comes from the Greek word for ‘stupor’ and originally referred to a variety of substances that dulled the senses and relieved pain.” Now this term only refers to drugs that are opiate-based, either synthetic or natural, prescription-based or illicit.

The prescription narcotics which are commonly abused are taken because they cause euphoria in high doses and, in many cases, are easier to get ahold of than illicit drugs. They still cause an intense reaction and are also incredibly dangerous, as severe respiratory depression can still result from a large dose.

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Street Names for Common Prescription Narcotics

The drugs listed below are currently some of the most abused prescription narcotics. Some are more powerful than others, but they all have the potential to cause euphoria, addiction, and death (if taken in high enough doses).

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  • Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat moderate pain, oxycodone was extremely popular among recreational users for a time.
  • According to CESAR, street names include:
    • Oxy
    • O
    • O.C.s
    • Oxycet
    • Oxycotton
    • Oxy 80s
    • Hillbilly heroin
    • Killers
  • For Percocet and Percodan
    • Percodoms
    • Percs
  • Use of the drug
    • Jammed- a term that means being under the influence of OxyContin, the brand name of the drug

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  • Methadone is a synthetic prescription opioid that is sometimes used to treat pain but most notably used to treat opioid addiction, often in those who need long-term care. It can still cause addiction itself when abused.
  • According to CESAR, street names include:
    • Dollies
    • Dolls
    • Mud
    • Phyamps
    • Red rock
    • Tootsie roll
    • Amidone
    • Fizzies
    • Balloons
    • Breaze
    • Burdock
    • Buzz bomb
    • Cartridges
    • Jungle juice
    • Junk
  • Paraphernalia
    • Cracker- a slang term for a “device used for opening methadone cartridges”


  • Codeine is found in various drugs that treat moderate pain as well as cough. Many individuals abuse codeine cough syrup which is just as dangerous as abusing any narcotic (often more so when the individual mixes the cough syrup with alcohol).
  • Street names include:
    • Cody
    • Captain Cody
    • Schoolboy
  • For codeine cough syrup
    • Lean
    • Purple drank
    • Sizzurp
  • With glutethimide
    • Doors and fours
    • Loads
    • Pancakes and syrup

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  • Fentanyl is one of the more intense prescription narcotics and should not be prescribed to those who aren’t already tolerant of the effects of opioids.

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the Take-Away

When people abuse prescription narcotics, they are doing so illegally. Knowing this, they often create street names to refer to these drugs to try and keep their use secret.