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Common Street Names for Drugs

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Analgesics
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Fact Sheets
  • Gamma-hydroxybutyrate
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Inhalants
  • LSD
  • Methadone
  • Mixture of Multiple Drugs
  • Naturally Occurring Hallucinogens
  • Nitrazepam
  • Opiates
  • Oxazepam
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Stimulants
  • Temazepam
  • Tobacco
In its raw form alcohol is a very strong and unique smelling, colourless, volatile liquid formed by the process of fermentation.
It is the key ingredient in alcoholic beverages including whiskey, vodka, beer and wine. 
Alcohol is commonly refered to as: 
  • Amber Fluid
  • Booze
  • Brew
  • Grog
  • Juice
  • Liquid Gold
  • Piss 
  • Plonk
  • Sauce
  • Swill 
Any of a group of drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. Amphetamines are used in the treatment of certain neurological conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These drugs are considered highly addictive.

Amphetamines are also refered to as:

  • Bennies
  • Long Distance Driving
  • Black Beauties
  • Lou Reed
  • Co pilot
  • MDA
  • Crosses
  • Methamphetamine Hydroxide
  • Crystal
  • Ox Blood
  • Dope
  • PMA
  • Dragon's Blood
  • Purple Hearts
  • Fast
  • Quick
  • Go
  • Rev
  • Go Fast
  • Sip
  • Go-ee
  • Speed
  • Goey
  • Speedas
  • Hearts
  • Truck Drivers
  • Ice
  • Uppers 
  • LA Turnaround
  • Vitamin A
  • Liquid Speed
  • Whiz
  • Wizz
  • Ya Ba
  • Zip
  • Zoom



A drug that reduces or eliminates pain, these drugs are commonly pharmaceuticals.
Analgesics are also refered to as: 
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Aspirin
  • Codeine
  • Disprin
  • Nurofen
  • Painkillers
  • Panadol
  • Paracetamol
A class of chemically related central nervous system (CNS) depressant, sedative/hypnotic drugs, derivative of barbituric acid.  
  • Abbots
  • Neb
  • Amo-Secobarbital
  • Nembutal
  • Amytal
  • Nimby
  • Angels
  • Peanuts
  • Barbituric Acid
  • Phennies
  • Barbs
  • Phenobarbital
  • Birds
  • Pink Ladies
  • Block Busters
  • Pinks
  • Blockers
  • Quinalbarbitone Sodium
  • Blues
  • Rainbows
  • Chewies
  • Red Birds
  • Double Trouble
  • Reds
  • Downers
  • Seconal
  • F 40s
  • Sedative Drugs
  • Flags
  • Sedative-Hypnotic
  • Goofballs
  • Sedatives
  • Green Dragons
  • Sleepers
  • Greenies
  • Softball
  • Hypnotic Drugs
  • Stumblers
  • Hypnotics
  • Tooies
  • King Kong Pills
  • Tuinal
  • Marshmallow
  • Tuis
  • Marshmallow Reds
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Mexican Reds
  • Yellow
Minor tranquillisers. Depressant – any sedative-hypnotic drug primarily for use in the treatment of anxiety. A general term that covers prescription drugs in the benzodiazepine class. 
Benzodiazepines are commonly refered to as: 
  • Anxiolytics
  • Sedative Drugs
  • Ativan
  • Sedative-Hypnotics
  • Benzos
  • Sedatives
  • Candy
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Tranks
  • Downers
  • Tranquillising Drugs
  • Halcion
  • Tranx
  • Hypnotic Drugs
  • Valium
  • Hypnotics
  • Vs
  • Librium
  • Xanax
  • Minor Tranx

Cannabis is a drug that comes from Indian hemp plants such as Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. The active chemical in cannabis is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinoll). 

Cannabis is a depressant drug. Depressants do not necessarily make the person feel depressed. Rather, they affect the central nervous system by slowing down the messages going between the brain and the body.


Cannabis is commonly refered to as:

  • Acapulco Gold
  • Ace
  • Afghan
  • Afghan Black
  • African Nigger
  • Bar
  • Bhang
  • Black
  • Black Rock
  • Blond Hash
  • Blunt
  • Bob Hope
  • Boo
  • Boom
  • Brass
  • Broccoli
  • Bud
  • Buddha
  • Buddha Grass
  • Buddha Sticks
  • Buds
  • Business
  • Butter
  • Canadian Black
  • Caramello Eggs
  • Charas
  • Charge
  • Chera
  • Choof
  • Chronic
  • Columbian
  • Cone
  • Cooch
  • Cung
  • Dagga
  • Dak
  • Dakka
  • Delta-9 Tetrahydro-Cannabinol
  • Dirty
  • Doobie
  • Dope
  • Double Zero
  • Drabinol
  • Dry High
  • Dubbe
  • Duby
  • Durban Poison
  • Elephant Weed
  • Fingers
  • Gage
  • Ganga
  • Gangster
  • Ganja
  • Grammies
  • Grass
  • Green
  • Griffo
  • Gunga
  • Happy Tobacco
  • Hash
  • Hash Brownies
  • Hash Cake
  • Hash Cookies
  • Hash Oil
  • Hashish
  • Hashish Oil
  • Hay
  • Heads
  • Hemp
  • Herb
  • Honey
  • Hooch
  • Hutch
  • Hydro
  • Indian Hemp
  • Jamaican
  • Jive
  • Johnny Cash
  • Joint
  • Kief
  • Kiff
  • L and T
  • Leaf
  • Leaf and Tip
  • Lebanese Gold
  • Loco Weed
  • Marihuana
  • Marijuana
  • Mary
  • Mary Jane
  • Maui Wowie
  • Mexican
  • Mota
  • Mow the Grass
  • Mull
  • Mullumbimby Madness
  • Nimbin Heads
  • Northern Lights
  • Number
  • Olja
  • Panama Gold
  • Panama Red
  • Peace Weed
  • Pod
  • Poop
  • Pot
  • Primo
  • Queensland Heads
  • Ragweed
  • Red Seal
  • Reefer
  • Roach
  • Roach Clip
  • Rocky
  • Rope
  • Sativa
  • Scoob
  • Scunga
  • Shit
  • Sinsemilla
  • Skin
  • Skunk
  • Skunk Weed
  • Smoke
  • Smoko
  • Soles
  • Spot
  • Stash
  • Sticks
  • Stuff
  • Super Skunk
  • T
  • Takrouri
  • Tea
  • Temple Balls
  • Tetrahydrocannabinols
  • Texas Tea
  • Thai Sticks
  • THC
  • Toke
  • Tooting
  • Torch up
  • Wacky Backy
  • Wacky Terbacky
  • Wasch
  • Weed
  • Whackee Backee
  • Yarhndi
  • Yarni
  • Yarnie
  • Yesca
  • Yundi
  • Zani
A narcotic that is considered a hard drug, a highly addictive colourless or white crystalline alkaloid extracted from coca leaves. 
Cocaine is also refered to as: 
  • Basuco
  • Nose Candy
  • Blow
  • Okey-Doke
  • Blow Candy
  • Pasta
  • C
  • Pepsi
  • Candy
  • Pizza
  • CC
  • Rail
  • Charlie
  • Rock
  • Coca Paste
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Cocaine Hydrochloride
  • Snow
  • Coke
  • The Lady
  • Cola
  • The Real Thing
  • Jimmy 
  • Toot
  • Line
  • Up Town
  • Lines
  • Vitamin C
Ecstasy is the street name for a range of drugs including, or similar in chemical structure to MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Some of these include MDA, MDEA and PMA. Ecstasy belongs to the family of synthetic drugs known as phenethylamines. Ecstasy tablets may contain varying mixtures of MDMA and related drugs (including amphetamine) as well as other substances. 
Ecstasy is also refered to as: 
Adam Hug Drug
Big Brown Love
Disco Love Drug
Disco Biscuits MDMA
Doves Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
E New Yorkers
Ease Ones
Eccies Orbit
Eccy Pink Doves
Echo Pink Studs
Eckies Psychedelic Speed
Ecstasy Special K - for Ecstasy containing Ketamine
Ecstasy-MDMA White Dove
Eggs Whizz Bombs
Es X
Fantasia XTC
Grey Biscuits Yellow Callies
A sedative used both as a sleep-aid and as a recreational intoxicant. 
Gamma-Hydroxybutryrate is also refered to as: 
Georgia Home Boy
Grievous Bodily Harm
Liquid Ecstasy
Hallucinogens are also refered to as:  
  • Angel's Trumpet
  • LSD
  • Barrels 
  • Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin)
  • Blue Meanies
  • MDA
  • Bufotenine
  • Mesc (Mescaline)
  • Business Man's Lunch (DMT)
  • Mescal Buttons
  • Buttons (Mescaline)
  • Mescaline
  • Cactus (Mescaline)
  • PCP
  • Cat Valiums (Ketamine)
  • Peyote (Mescaline)
  • Datura 
  • Psilocybin
  • Dimethyltryptamine 
  • Purple Passion (Psilocybin)
  • DMT
  • Shrooms (Psilocybin)
  • Hallucinogenic Drugs
  • Special K (Ketamine)
  • K (Ketamine) 
  • STP
  • Ketamine (anaesthetic) 
  • Vitamin K (Ketamine)
  • Licorice
A narcotic that is considered a hard drug, a highly addictive morphine derivative classified under opiates. 
Heroin is also refered to as: 
  • Beige
  • Horse
  • Beige Powder
  • Joy Powder
  • Big Harry
  • Junk
  • Black Tar
  • Mexican Brown
  • Blatt
  • Number 4 White
  • Blow Horse
  • Pink Rocks
  • Brown Rocks
  • Piss
  • Brown Sugar
  • Poison
  • Bugger
  • Pure
  • Captain Jack
  • Rock
  • Chase
  • Scag
  • China H
  • Scat
  • China White
  • School Boy
  • Chinese H
  • Shit
  • Chinese Rock
  • Skag
  • Chitari
  • Skunk
  • Dope
  • Slow
  • Dragon
  • Smack
  • Dragon Powder
  • Stuff
  • Dust
  • The Grouse
  • Elephant
  • Thing
  • Fix
  • Vitamin H
  • Gear
  • Whack
  • H
  • White
  • Hammer
  • White Dynamite 
  • Harry
  • White Horse
Inhalants are a range of products that produce vapours which, when inhaled, may cause a person to feel intoxicated or "high". Inhalants are "depressants", which means that they slow down the activity of the brain and central nervous system. As a result, the messages going between the brain and the body are slowed down.  
Inhalants are also refered to as:
  • Aerosol
  • Nitrates
  • Alkyl Nitrites
  • Nitrites
  • Amyl Nitrate
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Anaesthetics
  • Paint
  • Aroma of Man
  • Pam
  • Bananas
  • PCP
  • Buds
  • Petrol
  • Butane
  • Poppers
  • Cleaning Products
  • Propane
  • Deodorant
  • Quick Silver
  • Fly Spray
  • Ram
  • Gas Bullet
  • Reds
  • Gasoline
  • Rush
  • Glue
  • Snappers
  • Hard On
  • Solvents
  • Hardware
  • Special K (Ketamine)
  • Heart On
  • Supergold
  • Ketamine
  • Sweat Sock
  • Laughing Gas
  • Thinners
  • Lighters
  • Toilet Water
  • Liquid Gold
  • Vitamin K (Ketamine)
  • Locker Room
  • Volatile Solvents
  • Locker Room Deodorant
  • Whippets
  • Nail Polish Remover


A powerful hallucinogenic drug manufactured from lysergic acid. Hallucinogenic drugs, also known as "psychedelics", are drugs that change the way a person perceives the world. Hallucinogens affect all the senses, altering a person's thinking, sense of time and emotions. 
LSD is also referred to as: 
  • Acid
  • Purple Pyramids
  • Acid Cap
  • Pyramid
  • Blotter
  • Red Dragons
  • Blue Star
  • Robots
  • Boomers
  • Smiley
  • Canadian Black
  • Smiley Faces
  • Cartoon Characters
  • Strawberries
  • Clearlight
  • Strawberry
  • Cubes
  • Tables and Chairs
  • Dots
  • Tabs
  • Garfield
  • Tickets
  • LSD
  • Trip
  • Microdot
  • Trips
  • Mr Bill
  • Wedges
  • Orange Barrels
  • Window Panes
  • Paper Mushrooms
  • Yellow Sunshines
  • Phantoms
  • Pink Floyds


A potent synthetic narcotic drug that is less addictive than morphine or heroin and is used as a substitute for these drugs in addiction treatment programs. 
  • Dolly
  • Dolophine
  • Done
  • Dose
  • Jungle Juice
  • Junk
  • Meth
  • Methadone Linctus
  • Methadone Mixture
  • Metho
  • Petrol
  • Physeptanef Injections
  • Physeptone Tablets
  • A bomb - Heroin and Cannabis
  • OJ - Opium and Cannabis
  • Coca puffs - Marijuana and Cocaine
  • Primo - Cocaine and Marijuana
  • Cocktail - Marijuana and Hashish
  • Snowcone - Amphetamines or Heroin and Cannabis
  • Crank - Amphetamine and Heroin
  • Space Base - Cocaine and PCP
  • Fireball - Cocaine and Heroin
  • Speedball - Cocaine and Heroin
  • Flight right - Cocaine and Marijuana 
  • Supergrass - PCP and Cannabis
  • Lazer - Marijuana and PCP
  • Superweed - PCP and Cannabis
  • Lovely - Cocaine and PCP 
A natural drug or chemical that causes a person to have hallucinations. 
Naturally occurring hallucinogens are also referred to as: 
  • Blue Meanies
  • Gold Top
  • Goldies
  • K
  • Magic Mushrooms
  • Mushies
  • Psilocin
  • Psilocybin
  • Shrooms
  • Special K
A powerful hypnotic drug which possesses strong sedative and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. 
Nitrazepam is commonly refered to as: 
  • Mogadon 
  • Moggies
Any non-synthetic opioid – a substance derived from the opium poppy, for example morphine,
heroin, and codeine. 
Opiates are also refered to as: 
  • Apache (Fentanyl)
  • Jackpot (Fentanyl)
  • Beige Powder
  • Junk
  • Big H
  • Loads (Codeine)
  • Big O (Opium)
  • M (Morphine)
  • Black Tar
  • Miss Emma (Morphine)
  • Block (Opium)
  • Monkey (Morphine)
  • Brown Rocks
  • Morf
  • Captain Cody (Codeine)
  • Morph
  • China Brown
  • Morphine
  • China Girl (Fentanyl)
  • MS Contin
  • Harry
  • Murder 8 (Fentanyl)
  • Heroin
  •  O
  • Hop (Opium)
  •  Opioids
  • Horse
A benzodiazepine used in the management of anxiety, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal. 
Oxazepam is commonly refered to as: 
  • Serapax
  • Seras
  • Serepax
  • Seres
  • Serras
  • Serries
Psychoactive drug producing depressant, stimulant, analgesic and hallucinogenic effects. Hallucinogenic drugs, also known as "psychedelics", are drugs that change the way a person perceives the world. Hallucinogens affect all the senses, altering a person's thinking, sense of time and emotions. 
  • Amoeba
  • Magic Dust
  • Angel Dust
  • Mint Weed
  • Boat
  • Monkey Bust
  • Cystal Joints
  • Paz
  • Dips
  • PCP
  • Doa
  • Peace Pill
  • Elephant Tranquilliser
  • Pinners
  • Embalming Fluid
  • Sernyl
  • Hog 
  • Sherms
  • Jet Fuel
  • Superkools
  • Killer Weed
  • Wac
  • Krystal Joints
  • Water
  • Love Boats
  • Zombie
An agent, especially a drug, that causes increased activity, especially of the nervous or cardiovascular systems. Caffeine is a commonly used stimulant. 
Stimulants are commonly refered to as: 
  • Black Beauty
  • Dexedrine
  • Dexies
  • Eye Openers
  • Glass
  • Lid Poppers
  • Pep Pills
  • Up Town
  • Uppers
  • Wake Ups
  • Water
A benzodiazepine sedative primarily used to relieve insomnia. 
Temazepam is commonly refered to as: 
  • Normies
  • Normison
Comes from the leaves of the tobacco plant, which contain nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant drug. Stimulant drugs
act on the central nervous system to speed up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. 
Tobacco is commonly refered to as:
  • Acetone
  • Gaspers
  • Ammonia
  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Bidis
  • Nicotine
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Papers
  • Chew
  • Smokers
  • Cigarettes
  • Smoking
  • Cigars
  • Tar
  • Fags
  • Weed

2017 Budget Nightmare for families

As everyone scours the budget looking for winners and losers spare a thought for the 5,000 new welfare recipients and their families. They are clearly going to be the victim of a government measure that is trying to solve a complex social problem with an absurdly simple and harsh response.

On the face of it, drug testing may seem reasonable for people receiving welfare payments, after all it is taxpayer funds they are receiving. However, everyone, and in particular every member of Parliament, should stop and consider many issues before blindly supporting this measure.

For instance, if these new welfare recipients and most of them will be young people, are to lose their benefits what exactly are they supposed to use for food, housing and seeking employment? We assume this burden is expected to fall on their families or charities to ensure they don’t live or starve in the streets. However, no families or support services will receive additional assistance to do this. In the case of families dealing with problematic drug use, this is a horrendous scenario given the daily burdens they already face. How this helps people actually get back into the workforce defies logic.

There are also the number of unintended and perverse outcomes such a testing regime will be sure to deliver.

Different drugs stay in your system for different periods of time. Cannabis can be detectable many days after use whereas methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin tend to flush out of the body much quicker. So there will be an incentive to not use cannabis and instead use a range of other less detectable but more harmful drugs. The other incentive will be to use drugs which are not tested for, such as a range of new and ever more dangerous synthetic drugs developed by enterprising chemists to make money. Again the potential impact of this on welfare recipients and their families will be far from helpful.

Questions also have to be asked about the exorbitant cost of these drug tests and the system that surrounds such a scheme (security, transport, laboratories etc.). Clearly, the money would be better spent on funding prevention, family support services, treatment and harm reduction programs, rather than trying to save a welfare payment from some of the most vulnerable people and families in our community.

Governments need to understand the evidence for coerced treatment is one of high cost and poor outcomes. It will be galling for some services that have fantastic programs to help people wanting to become job ready and those that prepare and organise employment for those transitioning out of treatment, to continue to do so without any funding from a government that can now find millions for a drug testing program.

The reasons for drug use are complex and varied but this blunt instrument of a program will treat people who use drugs and receive welfare as pariahs needing to be punished. The truly sad aspect of this is that some people who use drugs, and their families, already feel that way and rather than help them up this will just drive them further away from help. Until drug use is truly seen as a health issue and not one to be addressed via punitive measures, the stigma, discrimination, isolation and helplessness will remain.
This program will not result in helping people but rather increase their likelihood of moving into a life of crime and homelessness.

While services like Family Drug Support will prepare for the increased number of distressed family members seeking their support, it would be good to know that parliamentarians understand that there are much better solutions to getting people into jobs than punishing anyone who uses a drug.

Family Support Line: 1300 368 186 (available 24 hours, 7 days a week)

Tony Trimingham – Family Drug Support
Gino Vumbaca – Harm Reduction Australia

Breaking the Ice in our community

Breaking the Ice in our community

Breaking the Ice in our community

Organised by the Australian Drug Foundation.
Event: Liverpool, Tuesday 26th July 2016

Local leaders and experts in drug prevention talking about some of the issues you might have heard about ‘ice’ in the media, and provided evidence based information about the drug and where to seek help, support and treatment in your local community.

Tony Trimingham, OAM, CEO – Family Drug Support speaking about family support.

Family Member speeches from the National Family Drug Support Day

Speech by Beth

Thank you FDS for giving me this opportunity to speak on this national support day.

 As Tony has said supporting a loved one with drug dependence is like being a member of a club that nobody wants to belong to. Behind every person struggling with drug dependence there is a family in distress.

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Speech by Anne

I come from a typical middle class family. 1 of 10 children, raised by parents with a strong value system, mother a teacher, father a plumber with his own business. Most of us have university qualifications, many of us more than 1. All of us are gainfully employed a number of us in senior management positions others with their own business. We think of ourselves as well educated, fairly liberal minded and tolerant of ourselves and others. It never occurred to us that there could or would be a drug user in our family...

Read more: Family Member speeches from the National Family Drug Support Day

NADA Awards 2016

Nada Awards - Stepping Stones - Excellence in Research and Evaluation

Nada Awards - Stepping Stones - Excellence in Research and Evaluation

Stepping Stones received a Certificate of Commendation in the Excellence in Research and Evaluation category
Nada Awards - Tony Trimingham - Outstanding Contribution Award

Nada Awards - Tony Trimingham - Outstanding Contribution Award

Tony Trimingham received an Outstanding Contribution Award

FDS - 5 Key Points

National FDS Day


5 Key Points

In the addresses at the events held at the Canberra, Sydney, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia Parliament Houses, Mr Tony Trimingham (CEO, Family Drug Support) will call for the following major requirements.

1. Policy must focus on measures that reduce drug fatalities - families want policies and programs that keep their children alive. This includes harm reduction strategies such as safe injecting facilities, pill testing and heroin prescription programs.

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