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.
The most common street names for codeine are:
- Captain Cody
- Little C
In addition, many people abuse codeine by mixing codeine cough syrup with soda. The street names for this mixture include:
- Purple Drank
- Texas Tea
- 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.
- China Girl
- China White
- Drop Dead
- Gray Death
- Serial Killer
Hydrocodone is the generic name for a semi-synthetic opioid that can treat severe pain.
- Hycet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
- Hycodan (hydrocodone and an anticholinergic called homatropine)
- 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.
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.
- China Girl
- China Town
- China White
- Chinese Food
- Crazy One
- Dance Fever
- Dragon’s Breath
- Great Bear
- Murder 8
- Tango & Cash
- Toe Tag Dope
- White Girl
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.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Jungle Juice
Morphine is the generic name for an opiate that can treat moderate to severe pain.
- First Line
- God’s Drug
- Miss Emma
- Mister Blue
- Vitamin M
- White Stuff
- Arymo ER
- MS Contin
Oxycodone is the generic name for a semi-synthetic opioid that can treat moderate to severe pain.
- Hillbilly Heroin
- Kickers; M-30s
- Oxycet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
- Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
- Percodan (oxycodone and an anti-inflammatory drug called aspirin)
- Xartemis XR (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
- Xtampza ER
Like methadone, it can be used to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings in people who are detoxing from other opioids.
- Stop Signs
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.