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  • Opioids are painkillers that change how the body reacts to pain. 

    They’re categorized into three groups: opiates, which are naturally derived from the opium poppy plant; semi-synthetic opioids, which are chemically modified versions of opiates; and synthetic opioids, which are completely man-made. 

    According to the United States, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) these prescription drugs have a high potential for abuse and addiction. In fact, they’re often sold as street drugs under a variety of different names. 


    Codeine is the generic name for an opiate used to treat pain and cough. 

    Street Names

    The most common street names for codeine are: 

    • Captain Cody
    • Cody
    • Little C
    • Schoolboy

    In addition, many people abuse codeine by mixing codeine cough syrup with soda. The street names for this mixture include:

    • Drank
    • Lean
    • Purple
    • Purple Drank
    • Sizurup
    • Sizzurp
    • Syrup
    • Texas Tea

    Brand Names

    • Brontex (codeine mixed with a decongestant called guaifenesin)
    • Guiatuss AC (codeine and guaifenesin)
    • Phenergan VC with Codeine (codeine mixed with a decongestant called phenylephrine and an antihistamine called promethazine)
    • Tylenol with Codeine (codeine and an analgesic, or pain reliever, called acetaminophen) 
    • Vanacof (codeine and an antihistamine called dexchlorpheniramine)


    Carfentanil is the generic name for an analogue of a synthetic opioid called fentanyl. “Analogue” means it’s similar to fentanyl. However, it’s 100 times more potent. 

    Because it’s so strong, carfentanil is never prescribed for humans. Instead, it’s used to sedate large animals such as elephants.

    Street Names

    • Apache
    • China Girl
    • China White
    • Drop Dead
    • Gray Death
    • TNT
    • Serial Killer 

    Brand Names

    • Wildnil 


    Hydrocodone is the generic name for a semi-synthetic opioid that can treat severe pain.

    Street Names

    • 357s
    • Bananas
    • Dro
    • Fluff
    • Hydro
    • Tabs
    • Vics
    • Vikes
    • V-itamin 
    • Watsons

    Brand Names

    • Hycet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Hycodan (hydrocodone and an anticholinergic called homatropine)
    • Hysingla
    • Ibudone (hydrocodone and an anti-inflammatory medication called ibuprofen)
    • Liquicet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Maxidone (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Reprexain (hydrocodone and ibuprofen)
    • Rezira (hydrocodone and a decongestant called pseudoephedrine)
    • TussiCaps (hydrocodone and an antihistamine called chlorpheniramine)
    • Tussionex (hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine)
    • Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Vicoprofen (hydrocodone and ibuprofen)
    • Xodol (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Zohydro ER
    • Zolvit (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
    • Zutripro (hydrocodone, chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine)
    • Zydone (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)


    Hydromorphone is the generic name for a semi-synthetic opioid that can treat moderate to severe pain. 

    Street Names

    • Dillies
    • Dust
    • Footballs 
    • Juice
    • Smack

    Brand Names

    • Dilaudid
    • Exalgo


    Fentanyl is the generic name for a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat cancer pain, chronic pain, and severe pain before, during, or after surgery. 

    Street Names

    • Apache
    • Birria
    • Butter
    • China Girl
    • China Town
    • China White
    • Chinese
    • Chinese Food
    • Crazy 
    • Crazy One
    • Dance Fever
    • Dragon
    • Dragon’s Breath
    • Facebook 
    • Fent
    • Fenty
    • Fire
    • Friend
    • Girl
    • Goodfella
    • Great Bear
    • He-Man
    • Jackpot
    • King-Ivory
    • Lollipop 
    • Murder 8
    • Poison
    • Shoes
    • Tango & Cash
    • Toe Tag Dope
    • White Girl

    Brand Names


    Methadone is the generic name for a synthetic opioid that can treat severe pain. It can also be used to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings in people who are detoxing from other opioids.

    Street Names

    • Chocolate Chip Cookies
    • Dollies
    • Dolls
    • Done
    • Fizzies
    • Juice
    • Jungle Juice
    • Junk
    • Maria
    • Meth
    • Metho
    • Pastora
    • Phy
    • Salvia
    • Wafer

    Brand Names

    • Dolophine
    • Methadose


    Morphine is the generic name for an opiate that can treat moderate to severe pain.  

    Street Names

    • Dreamer
    • First Line
    • God’s Drug
    • M
    • Miss Emma
    • Mister Blue
    • Monkey
    • Morf
    • Morpho
    • Vitamin M
    • White Stuff

    Brand Names

    • Arymo ER
    • Avinza
    • Duramorph
    • Kadian
    • Morphabond
    • MS Contin
    • Roxanol 


    Oxycodone is the generic name for a semi-synthetic opioid that can treat moderate to severe pain.  

    Street Names

    • 30s
    • 40s
    • 512s
    • Bananas
    • Beans
    • Blue
    • Blueberries
    • Blues
    • Buttons
    • Ercs
    • Greenies
    • Greens
    • Hillbilly Heroin
    • Kickers; M-30s
    • OC
    • Oxy
    • Oxycotton
    • Percs
    • Rims
    • Tires
    • Whites

    Brand Names

    • Oxaydo
    • Oxycet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
    • OxyContin
    • Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
    • Percodan (oxycodone and an anti-inflammatory drug called aspirin)
    • Xartemis XR (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
    • Xtampza ER


    Suboxone is the brand name for an opioid medication that contains two substances: an opioid antagonist called naloxone and an opioid partial agonist called buprenorphine. 

    Like methadone, it can be used to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings in people who are detoxing from other opioids.

    Street Names

    • Boxes
    • Bupes
    • Oranges
    • Sobos
    • Stop Signs
    • Stops
    • Subs

    If you or a loved one is abusing or addicted to an opioid, please contact an ARK Behavioral Health specialist to learn about our treatment programs.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    National Center for Biotechnology Information - Carfentanil | C24H30N2O3 - PubChem
    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - Drug Slang Code Words
    U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Substance use - prescription drugs

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on December 2, 2020
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