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Terminology

Accurate ON-SITE Drug & Alcohol Testing is providing this terminology guide to give you a better understanding of the different types of drug abuse and addiction and their side effects:  

Amphetamines
Uppers, pep pills, bennies, crank, speed, meth, crystals, dexies, whites, blacks, beauties
- Attacks the  auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory senses
- Hallucinations, delusions of crawling insects, worms, euphoria
- Physical and psychological dependence if taken long enough
- Swallowed or injected
- Appears coarse powder, crystals, chunks, tablets of various sizes and colors
- Clinical Names - Desoxyn, Dexedrine

Barbiturates
Barbs, downers, goofballs, reds, blue devils, yellow jackets
- Sedative/depressant/hypnotic drug causing sedation, euphoria, anesthesia effect, anti-anxiety
- High to moderate physical and psychological dependence
- Swallowed or injected
- Tablets, capsules, liquid injectable, white powder
- Clinical Names - Phenobarbital, Luminal, Secobarbital, Seconal, Pentobarbital, Nembutal, Amobarbital, Amyta, Butalbital, Florinal

Benzodiazepines
Tranks, downers, blues, yellows
- Minor tranquilizers, anti-anxiety/sedative
- Hypnotic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant
- Low physical and psychological dependence
- Swallowed or injected
- White or pale yellow, crystalline, powders, tablets, capsules, liquid injectable
- Clinical Names - Chlordiazepoxide, Librium, Diazepam, Valium, Oxazepam, Serax, Lorazepam, Ativan, Flurazepam, Dalmane, Clorazepate, Tranxene

Cannabinoids
Grass, pot, joint, weed, ragweed, Thai sticks, Columbian, Sinsemilla, Acapulco Gold, ace, bhang, ganja, reefer, hash, Lebanese blond, Napales Fingers, black Afghan
- Hallucinogen, euphoria, relaxed inhibitions
- Limited physical dependence with moderate psychological dependence
- Swallowed or smoked
- Dry crushed leaves hand rolled as cigarettes, hard chunks of resin of various colors (hashish) or dark viscous liquid (hashish oil)

Cocaine
Coke, snow, nose candy, toot, crack, stardust, flake, White Lady, blow, cola, Bolivian rock, Peruvian flake, mother of pearl
- Stimulant or local anesthetic
- Motor and verbal hyperactivity, mood elevation, inflated self-esteem, grandiose defusions
- Possible physical and psychological dependence
- Sniffed, swallowed or injected
- Odorless white crystalline powder with bitter numbing taste

Methadone
Dolly, meth
- Narcotic, opiod, analgesic producing euphoria or drowsiness
- High physical and psychological dependence
- Swallowed
- White crystalline powder, tablets or liquid injectable
- Clinical Names - Dolophine, Methdone

Methaqualone
Ludes, sopors, quaaludes, stumble cookies
- Sedative, hypnotic
- Sedation, hypnosis
- High physical and psychological dependence
- Swallowed
- White crystals, tablets

Opiates
M, morph, Miss Emma, smack, junk, horse, H, gum dust, Mexican brown, China white, schoolboy, juice, dillies, D;s, No. 2's, No. 4's, percs
- Narcotic, analgesic
- Produces euphoria, analgesic, drowsiness, respiratory depression
- Morphine, heroin, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, oxycodone, Percodan, high physical and psychological dependence, Codeine moderate
- Swallowed or injected
- White, brown or black powder, liquid injectable, tablets, capsules
- Clinical Names - Morphine, Heroin, Morphine sulphate, Codeine, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, Oxycodone, Percodan

Phencyclidine
PCP, angel dust, killer weed, supergrass, hog, PeaCe pill
- Hallucinogen, dissociative anesthetic
- Psychedelic reaction, hallucinations, catatonia, combativeness
- High psychological dependence
- Smoked, swallowed or injected
- PCP on streets as pills, capsules, powders, white crystalline powder

Propoxyphene
- Narcotic, analgesic, opiod
- Analgesia, euphoria, intoxication
- Strong physical dependence, low psychological dependence
- Swallowed
- Capsules, tablets, white powder
- Clinical Name - Darvon

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