Commonly Abused Alcohol & Illicit Drugs Chart

The following is a list of alcohol and illicit drugs that are commonly abused. The chart is based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and lists drug names, how they’re administered, and potentially harmful health risks.

Common Name

Street Names

Administered

Health Risks

Alcohol Liquor, beer, wine Swallowed Increased risk of injuries, violence, fetal damage (in pregnant women); depression; neurologic deficits; hypertension; liver and heart disease; addiction; fatal overdose
Marijuana Blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joint, bud, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, green, trees, smoke, sinsemilla, skunk, weed Smoked, swallowed Cough, frequent respiratory infections; possible mental health decline; addiction

Opioids

Heroin Diacetylmorphine: smack, horse, brown sugar, dope, H, junk, skag, skunk, white horse, China white; cheese (with OTC cold medicine and antihistamine) Injected, smoked, snorted Constipation; endocarditis; hepatitis; HIV; addiction; respiratory arrest; fatal overdose
Opium Laudanum, paregoric: big O, black stuff, block, gum, hop Swallowed, smoked Constipation; endocarditis; hepatitis; HIV; addiction; respiratory arrest; fatal overdose

Stimulants

Cocaine Cocaine hydrochloride: blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot Snorted, smoked, injected Weight loss, insomnia; cardiac or cardiovascular complications; stroke; seizures; addiction; nasal damage from snorting
Amphetamine Biphetamine, Dexedrine: bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers Swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected Weight loss, insomnia; cardiac or cardiovascular complications; stroke; seizures; addiction
Methamphetamine Desoxyn: meth, ice, crank, chalk, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, speed Swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected Weight loss, insomnia; cardiac or cardiovascular complications; stroke; seizures; addiction; severe dental problems

Club Drugs

MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) Ecstasy, Adam, clarity, Eve, lover’s speed, peace, uppers Swallowed, snorted, injected Sleep disturbances; depression; impaired memory; hyperthermia; addiction
Flunitrazepam** Rohypnol: forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, roach, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies Swallowed, snorted Addiction
GHB** Gamma-hydroxybutyrate: G, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy, soap, scoop, goop, liquid X Swallowed Unconsciousness; seizures; coma

Dissociative Drugs

Ketamine Ketalar SV: cat Valium, K, Special K, vitamin K injected, snorted, smoked Anxiety; tremors; numbness; memory loss; nausea
PCP and analogs Phencyclidine: angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill Swallowed, smoked, injected Anxiety; tremors; numbness; memory loss; nausea
Salvia divinorum Salvia, Shepherdess’s Herb, Maria Pastora, magic mint, Sally-D Chewed, swallowed, smoked Anxiety; tremors; numbness; memory loss; nausea
Dextromethorphan (DXM) Found in some cough and cold medications: Robotripping, Robo, Triple C Swallowed Anxiety; tremors; numbness; memory loss; nausea

Hallucinogens

LSD Lysergic acid diethylamide: acid, blotter, cubes, microdot yellow sunshine, blue heaven Swallowed, absorbed through mouth tissues Flashbacks, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder
Mescaline Buttons, cactus, mesc, peyote Swallowed, smoked Flashbacks, fetal abnormalities.
Psilocybin Magic mushrooms, purple passion, shrooms, little smoke Swallowed Flashbacks, risk of psychiatric illness, impaired memory, tolerance.