The Ultimate Guide to Common Drug Slang Terms

If you’re an employer responsible for testing your employees and making sure they stay off the “crank,” you should acquaint yourself with the common drug slang terms used today to describe the drugs that our test kits can identify.

Identifying a drug addict isn’t always easy.

Plenty of drug addicts can function well; they’re able to hide addiction from their friends and family. This is dangerous when your employees are functioning addicts. Especially if you suspect they do drugs together.

Functioning addicts can outsmart the system. If they all do heroin, they won’t say “let’s do heroin” out loud.

They will come up with slang terms and code names to disguise the drug. As an employer, you need to recognize these drug slang terms in case they come up in an employee conversation.

To get you started, here are the most common drug nicknames and slang.


Adderall is a medication that for patients with ADD/ADHD. This medication increases focus and lose hyperactivity. But sold on the black market, Adderall can be extremely addictive.

It’s not rare to find workers abuse Adderall before they go to work. This mainly occurs in high-pressure and highly competitive jobs, where employees feel pressure to perform their best.

Here are common Adderall slang terms:

  • Addys
  • Uppers
  • Beans
  • Black Beauties
  • Pep Pills
  • Speed
  • Dexies
  • Zing
  • Study Buddies
  • Smart Pills

Even if your employees use Adderall to increase their work performance, this is still a dangerous drug. If Adderall appears on a drug test, demand your employees prove they have a prescription. If not, they’re abusing this drug.

Bath Salts

Bath salts are one of the most dangerous modern-day drugs. Bath salts are created when a combination of cleaning chemicals that stimulates powerful effects. Bath salts are similar to amphetamines and are extremely addictive.

Since bath salts are gaining mass media attention, bath salts users developed other code names for the drug. These include:

  • Cloud 9
  • Vanilla Sky
  • White Lightning
  • Bloom
  • Scarface
  • Bliss
  • Drone
  • Energy-1
  • Meow Meow
  • Pure Ivory
  • Blue Silk
  • Stardust
  • Lunar Wave
  • Wicked X

The scariest part is bath salts can even be sold over-the-counter. When looking at employee products or hearing conversations, remember these terms to know if they’re using bath salts.


Cocaine is famous for causing euphoria, energy, and alertness. This is why cocaine is commonly used before an employee goes to work — and why it’s so addictive. Cocaine looks like a white powder and is commonly snorted.

If you suspect your employees are doing cocaine, listen for these slang terms:

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Rock
  • Crack
  • Yayo
  • Snow
  • Sniff
  • Sneeze
  • White
  • Nose Candy
  • Bernice
  • Toot
  • Line
  • Dust
  • Flake

Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs out there. Fortunately, it’s easily found in a drug test.

Cough Medicine

As an easy and legal way to get high, many people drink copious amounts of cough medicine. This creates a woozy and hazy effect. The main ingredient in cough syrup is dextromethorphan, which causes a high and a dependency.

Here are some code names for cough medicine abuse:

  • Robo Tripping
  • Dexies
  • Drex
  • DXM
  • Robo
  • Rojo
  • Red Devils
  • Poor Man’s Ecstasy
  • Orange Crush
  • Tussin
  • Velvet
  • Triple C
  • Drank
  • Purple Drank
  • Sizzurp

Because so many people abuse cough syrup, these medications were taken off of the shelves. You can now only get certain types of cough syrup with a prescription.


Methamphetamine is a stimulant that’s three times as powerful as cocaine.

Methamphetamine causes an hours-long intoxicating high followed by a major crash. Users feel the need to get that “high” again, which is where addiction starts.

Here are common methamphetamine names:

  • Crystal Meth
  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Cristy
  • Tina
  • Crank
  • Crissy
  • Tweak
  • Glass
  • Ice
  • Shards
  • Go
  • Whizz
  • Chalk

Meth addiction causes serious health problems. To sober up, powerful detoxes are required.


When your employees go out and have fun, they may take ecstasy. Ecstasy is a common club drug and is used during music festivals, parties, concerts, and clubs.

Ecstasy is made with the chemical MDMA that causes a dopamine rush. Users feel extreme euphoria and experience slight hallucinations, especially when they look at bright lights.

Here are common ecstasy slang terms:

  • X
  • E
  • XTC
  • Molly
  • Rolls
  • Hug
  • Hug Drug
  • Love Drug
  • Lover’s Speed
  • Beans
  • Adam
  • Clarity
  • Moon Rocks
  • Happy Pill
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Scooby Snacks
  • Candy

It’s rare your employees will take ecstasy while at work (unless you own a nightclub). But if your employees hang outside of work, listen to these code names and see if they’re doing drugs together.


Heroin is one of the most common and addictive drugs on the market. Classic heroin was injected into veins with syringes. Now, many prescription painkillers mimic heroin. Users buy painkillers because of the similar effects.

If you suspect your employees do heroin while at work, listen for these code words:

  • H
  • Smack
  • Dope
  • China White
  • Horse
  • Skag
  • Junk
  • Black Tar
  • Big H
  • Brown Sugar
  • Mud
  • Dragon
  • Boy
  • Mexican Brown
  • Thunder
  • Skunk
  • Scag

You may also hear opioid terms mixed with heroin use. You should also listen for oxy, perks, and vikes (short for Oxycodone, Percocet, and Vicodone).


LSD has been around since the hippie era. This is one of the most famous psychedelic drugs, causing an intense twelve-hour “trip.” LSD is a clear, odorless liquid and is very disguisable; it looks like small pieces or paper or sugar cubes.

It’s unlikely your employees will trip on LSD before work. But if you suspect they use LSD outside of work, listen for these code names:

  • Acid
  • L
  • Lucy
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  • Cid
  • Tabs
  • Doses
  • Blotter
  • California Sunshine
  • Yellow Sunshine
  • Window Pane
  • Battery Acid
  • Dots
  • Looney Tune
  • Superman

LSD isn’t an addictive drug and millions of people will experiment with LSD sometime in their lives. But it’s still important to know these names.

Now You Know Common Drug Slang

Many people abuse drugs, and there’s a chance your employees could be drug addicts. Identifying different drug slang will help you pinpoint who on your staff is abusing drugs.

The addictive drugs have stimulating and euphoric effects, causing addiction. Not all of these drugs are addictive, but others can impair their work performance. Look for other signs, such as declining health and lack of focus.

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