Street Names for Opiates

Opiates Discussed:

Opiates are narcotics derived from the opium poppy. Some of the most well-known opiates include opium, heroin, fentanyl, morphine, codeine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Opiates in low doses have been included in medicines or have been used in hospitals by those professionally trained to administer them. Opiates in high doses or illegal forms can be highly addictive, and they are sold on the illicit market to abusers. There are a variety of street names for opiates, but the ones believed to be most common have been listed here.


Opium is the hardened juice from the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy. It is a yellow-brown or brownish-black substance that can have a solid or sticky texture. It has been used medicinally as a painkiller, and recreationally it has been abused for its euphoric effects. It can be smoked or eaten.

Street names include:
  • Big O
  • Black stuff
  • Block
  • Gum
  • Hop
  • Dover’s powder


Heroin is a highly addictive drug that can come in varying forms, from white powder to a black, tar-like substance. The presence of impurities creates the darker shades. White heroin is the purest and most potent kind, although it is sometimes mixed with things like sugar or powdered milk to create the appearance of purity. Heroin is injected, snorted or smoked.

Street names include:
  • Dope
  • Smack
  • H
  • Train
  • Thunder
  • Black tar
  • China whitehorse
  • Junk
  • Antifreeze
  • Brown sugar
  • Henry
  • Horse
  • Skag
  • Hero
  • Hell dust


Fentanyl is a powerful painkilling narcotic that is about 80 percent more potent than morphine. Prescriptions such as Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze include fentanyl. It has been prescribed to treat patients with severe chronic pain, cancer patients or patients in severe pain who have developed a tolerance to other opiates. Fentanyl is very strong, and abuses of this drug especially can be fatal.

Street names include:
  • Apache
  • China girl
  • China white
  • Dance fever
  • Friend
  • Goodfella
  • King ivory
  • Murder 8
  • TNT
  • Tango
  • Cash


Morphine is used to treat severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is found in the forms of powder, liquid and tablets. Morphine is the primary derivative of opium. It can be inhaled, smoked or swallowed.

Street names include:
  • M
  • Miss Emma
  • Monkey
  • White stuff
  • Dreamer

Codeine, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone

Codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are used in painkillers. Codeine is a weak narcotic sometimes combined with other medicines. Hydrocodone has been used in medications such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Tramadol. Oxycodone is a main ingredient in the prescription medication OxyContin.

Street names include:


  • Schoolboy
  • Cough syrup
  • T-three’s (Tylenol #3 with codeine)


  • Vikes
  • Viko
  • Norco
  • Hydro


  • Ox
  • Oxicotten
  • Oxycet

We Can Help You Know

If you or someone you love is addicted to opiates, please know there is help available. You can call us 24 hours a day for any questions you have about treatment and how to stop using opiates: (888-858-5708).

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