Nicknames and Street Names for Heroin

Depending on where you are in the United States, the type of heroin available on the streets will vary. Different countries produce different forms of the drug-a sticky black tar version is usually found on the West Coast while a white, more powder-like version is more available on the East Coast. The different forms of the drug spawned different nicknames and street names for heroin, and below, you will find a collection of some of those terms.

Nicknames and Street Names for Heroin

There are a number of slang terms that people use to talk about heroin and they vary according to location and trends, popular songs of the moment and inside code words. There are, however, a number of terms that are relatively well known and refer to heroin across different age groups and population groups:

Dope, Wop, Wak, Smack
Heron, Herone, Hero, Hera, H, Big H
White, China White, White Nurse, White Lady, White Horse, White Girl, White Boy, White Stuff
Boy, He
Black, Black Tar, Black Pearl, Black Stuff, Black Eagle
Brown, Brown Crystal, Brown Sugar, Brown Tape, Brown Rhine
Chiba, Chiva, Chieva
Mexican Brown, Mexican Mud, Mexican Horse
Junk, Tar
Snow, Snowball
Scag, Scat, Sack, Skunk
Number 3, Number 4, Number 8

Nicknames and Street Names for Heroin Drug Combinations

Combining heroin with different drugs is a common practice, so much so that there are special words to describe those combinations. Some of these are listed below.

Atom bomb, Canade, Woola, Woolie, Woo-Woo – Marijuana and heroin
Bars – Alprazolam and heroin
Beast, LBJ – LSD and heroin
Belushi, Boy-Girl, Dynamite, Goofball, H & C, He-She,Primo, Snowball – Cocaine and heroin
Speedball, Chocolate Rock, Dragon Rock, Eightball, Moonrock – Crack and heroin
Cheese – Cold medicine and heroin
China White – Fentanyl and heroin
Chocolate Chip Cookies, H bomb – MDMA and heroin
Cotton Brothers, New Jack Swing – Morphine and heroin
Meth Speed Ball – Methamphetamine and heroin
The Five Way – Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Rohypnol and alcohol

Terms Associated with Heroin Use and Abuse

The practice of preparing heroin for injection or other use is a huge part of the addict’s life. Almost ritual like, the preparation of the drug is highly ritualistic and, as such, the different aspects of heroin use has spawned a whole language to define it.

Bad Bundle, Crap, Crop, Flea Powder, Garbage, Ragweed – low quality heroin
Bag, Balloon, Bindle – what heroin comes in or a small quantity of heroin
Nickel Bag – $5 worth of heroin
Dime Bag – $10 worth of heroin
Twenty – $20 worth of heroin
Chipper, Weekend Warrior- Someone who uses heroin occasionally
Cook – to mix heroin with water and dissolve it, preparing it for injection
Using – Using drugs
Give Wings – to inject someone with heroin or teach them how to inject themselves
Nod – the effect that heroin has on someone, characterized by “nodding out” with eyes closed and their head on their chest.
Jonesing, Dope Sick – Someone who is feeling the effects of withdrawl from not using in awhile.
Rig, Point, Works – the needle and syringe used to shoot heroin
Do a line – To snort a “line” of heroin

SWIM – “Someone who isn’t me” – When posting on a forum or talking with friends online, users will often use the abbreviation SWIM instead of “I”. The point of this is to protect themselves from any possible (however unlikely) legal incrimination. 
For example:
“I went to my car and got high for the first time”
“SWIM went to their car and got high for the first time”

Spanish words for the drug include Bombita, Brea, Blanco, Bonita, Caballo, Calbo, Carga, Carne, Chapopote, Chatarra, Chicle, Cocofan, Gato, Heroina, La Buena, La Chiva, Polvo, Tecata, Tigre, Tigre Blanco, Tigre del Norte, Vidrio and Zoquete among others.