Slang Terms for Heroin You Should Know

The rabbit flies with the goose over the moon at midnight.  Spies have a very obscure and interesting language sometimes.  That cryptic phrase is gibberish to the common person, but the message is clear among the right people.  

Likewise, heroin is illegal and naturally has developed a shrouded language of its own.  The terms used are diverse and cover everything from the product to the feelings received while using.   Knowing this language is important especially if you believe someone close to you might be in danger of becoming addicted to heroin.  

Another very important fact to know about heroin is it does not have to be injected.  Most think there is no other way to use heroin, but there are strains and cuts allowing users to snort and smoke it too.  Here is a compilation of slang terms gathered from urban dictionaries, heroin abusers, and a plethora of online information.

Product Terms

These terms are based on the look, randomness, or places heroin came from:

  • H
  • China Red
  • Red Eagle
  • Red Rock
  • Black Tar
  • Black Eagle
  • White Junk
  • White Fluff
  • White Nurse
  • Salt
  • Golden Girl
  • Brown Sugar
  • Mexi-mud
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Dirt
  • Batman
  • Rambo
  • Bart Simpson
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Witch
  • Beast
  • Big Harry
  • Hazel
  • Big H
  • Good H
  • Hero
  • The Big Bag
  • Brick
  • Nickel Brick
  • Deck
  • Ferry Dust
  • Reindeer Dust
  • Antifreeze
  • Smack
  • Scag
  • Foil

Heroin Mixed with other Drugs Terms

  • Neon
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Cookies
  • A-bomb
  • H-bomb
  • Dynamite
  • Cotton Candy
  • Diablo
  • Dragon Rock
  • New Jack Swing
  • Screwball

Using/High Terms

  • Shooting Up
  • Light it Up
  • Chasing the dragon
  • Riding the white train
  • Channel swimming
  • Hard Candy
  • Smelling the white rose
  • Joy Flakes
  • Rush Hour
  • Gettin brain damage
  • Get my wings
  • Dead on Arrival or DoA
  • Deep dreaming
  • Dib and Dab
  • Sweet dreams
  • Holy Terror
  • Hell Dust

Addiction/Withdrawal Terms

  • Jonesing
  • Need to find some goods
  • Cure the cold
  • Sweatin
  • Coming down hard
  • Crashing

It is particularly important to know slang terminology for drugs in an era where texting happens more often than verbal conversations.  Statistics show that heroin use among teens in on the rise.  Addiction and drug dependence can be averted if caught early.

As with any language, the slang for heroin evolves over time.  Terms that are used today can easily be outdated within a few years.  The terms listed here are also not exhaustive.  Refreshing your knowledge regularly will help you keep up.  




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