Heroin Street Names

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Heroin Street Names

Heroin is sold illegally on the streets, and is responsible for thousands of deaths every year.

Heroin is a dangerous opiate that has a wide potential for abuse and can quickly lead to physical dependence. Unfortunately, many teens and adults talk openly about this drug around others using an array of heroin street names that are not recognized by those who are not part of the drug scene or who do not use. Adapting to various street terminology in order to openly discuss drugs such as heroin is a common occurrence in those who become avid users.

Various heroin street names may be used to describe the drug itself or to describe the process of using or abusing the drug. Some of the names that are used for heroin refer to the color, others refer to the method by which it is to be used, while others refer to the texture or type of heroin being described. Here are some of the most common street names for heroin that you should be aware of:

  • Smack
  • Skag
  • Mud
  • Drago
  • Tar
  • Dope
  • H
  • Big H
  • Black Tar
  • Horse
  • Junk
  • China White
  • Hell Dust
  • Brown Sugar
  • Nose Drops
  • Thunder
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Chiva
  • Murder 1
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Caballo
  • Number 8
  • Gear

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Some of the terms such as “chasing the dragon” don’t just refer to heroin but also to the method upon which the drug is smoked. This term refers metaphorically to the Cantonese origin of inhaling vapors of heroin or other drugs such as morphine. Heating the drug keeps it on the move so that it doesn’t harden, thus the term “chasing” or constantly heating. The “dragon” refers to the actual drug itself.

According to the DEA, the most commonly used street names for heroin are:

  • Smack
  • Black tar
  • Big H
  • Chiva
  • Hell Dust
  • Horse
  • Negra
  • Thunder

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Many other terms or names can be used, but these seem to be the most common and widely used across the country as well as in other areas of the world.

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the Take-Away

Street names for heroin can vary depending on a person’s location and language, but there are some names that are used very widely.