Street drugs imply illegal drugs that can only be found on the
street or through the black market. But, these drugs now overlap
with prescription drugs which can also be found on the street
for sale by your neighbor dealer. Not too many years ago a drug
dealer was called a dope dealer or "pusher" or "The
Pusher Man" as made famous by the rock group Steppenwolf.
Drugs sold on the street, over the years, have been numerous
names as slang particular to a certain neighborhood. Sometimes
those street names caught on and became nationalized instead of
localized. Right now, there are 4000 - 5000 street names for drugs,
most of which pertain to a particular neighborhood.
We encourage parents to know the names of the these drugs in
their particular locations so that they may use the proper lingo
when talking with their children. A couple of good resources for
this can be found at Street
Terms and Street Drug Slang Dictionary.
We've compiled a list of the most famous street names for the most
popular drugs for old time's sake, though most of these names are
now "not hip" except to the older generations.
Top List of Street Drug Names
- Acid - LSD
- Angel Dust - PCP
- Bennies - Amphetamines
- Crack - Cocaine
- Crystal Meth - Methamphetamines
- Dexies - Amphetamines
- Downers - Barbiturates
- Ecstasy - MDMA
- Hashish - Marijuana
- Joint - Marijuana
- Mary Jane - Marijuana
- Microdots - LSD
- Pep Pills - Amphetamines
- Peyote - Mescaline
- Pot - Marijuana
- Red Devils - Barbiturates
- Reds - Barbiturates
- Reefer - Marijuana
- Speed - Methamphetamines
- STP - MDMA
- Uppers - Amphetamines
- Weed - Marijuana
- Yellow Jackets - Barbiturates
Street drugs aren't what they used to be. They're not just in
inner cities where drug dealers hang around the schools and playgrounds.
These drugs are now in the suburbs, the playing fields, the high-rise
office buildings, the small business cubicles and in the home.
Another thing that has changed is street
drug prices. Since drugs sold on the street are a commodity
the prices can fluctuate from supply and demand just like black
market guns, cigars or other items.
Because of the Infomation Superhighway, the street has also expanded
to the Internet as well. The availability of drugs cross all professions
and all social and economic barriers. They are on your block,
in your church and perhaps even in you or a loved one. The important
thing is to acknowledge the problem and get help or give help.
Either one will make the world a saner place.