Street drugs imply illegal drugs that can only be found on the
street or through the black market. But, street 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.
Street drugs, 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 street 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.
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.
Street 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 street drugs 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 street 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.