Common Drugs of Abuse

Common Drugs of Abuse

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Common drugs of abuse chart show how drugs are abused and their street names. Useful for parents and employers.

The chart was designed to understand the effects of drugs, the ways they are used, street names and the average detection time when detected with a urine or saliva test. Some of these detection times are for lab tests only. 

Drug classDrug nameStreet nameSchedule MethodAddiction MetaboliteDetection time: urineDetection time: oral fluid
Opiates
CodeineTylenol® #3SchoolboyII or IIIOralModerate-to-low risk of physical or psychological dependence. Codeine, Morphine1-3 days1-2 days
HydrocodoneLorcet®, Lortab®, Hycodan®, Norco®, Vicodin®, Vicoprofen®Hydros, Dones, Vics, ItchiesII or IIIOralModerate potential of physical or psychological dependence. Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Norhydrocodone1-3 days1-2 days
HydromorphoneDilaudid®, Hymorphan®Juice, Dillies, M2s, Hospital heroinIIOralModerate-to-high risk of physical or psychological dependence. Hydromorphone1-3 days1-2 days
MorphineAvinza®, Kadian®, MS Contin®, MSIR®, Roxanol®, Embeda®M, MorphIISmoking; OralHigh potential for physical or psychological dependence. Morphine1-3 days1-2 days
OxycodoneTylox®, Percocet®, Percodan®, OxyContin®, OxyIR®, Roxicodone®Oxy-coffins, Killers, PercsIIOralModerate-to-high risk of physical or psychological dependence.Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Roxycodone1-3 days1-2 days
OxymorphoneOpana ER®, Opana IR®, Numorphan®Blues, Nu-blues, Biscuits, Blue heavenIIIntravenous; OralHigh risk of physical or psychological dependence. Oxymorphone1-3 days1-2 days
Opioids
BuprenorphineSuboxone®, Subutex®, Buprenex®, Butrans®N/AIIISublingualRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Buprenorphine, Norbuprenorphine3-5+ days1-2+ days
FentanylActiq®, Fentora®, Onsolis®, Duragesic®, Sublimaze®N/AIIOralModerate-to-high risk of physical or psychological dependence. Fentanyl, Norfentanyl1-4 days1-3 days
MeperidineDemerol®Demmies, PainkillerIIOralDue to rapid onset, meperidine is more likely to be abused than other prescription opioids. Meperidine, Normeperidine1-3 days1-2 days
MethadoneMethodose®, Dolophine®Dollies, MethIIOralAccording to some physicians, methadone causes less of a euphoric high. Methadone, EDDP 1-7 days1-2 days
PentazocineTalwin®T’sIIIOralModerate-to-low physical dependence risk. May have risk of psychological dependence.Pentazocine1-3 days1-2 days
PropoxypheneDarvocet®, Darvon®PainkillerIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use.Norpropoxyphene, Propoxyphene1-7 days1-2 days
TapentadolNucynta®N/AIIOralHigh risk of physical or psychological dependence. Tapentadol, Desmethyltapentadol1-3 days1-2 days
TramadolRyzolt®, Ultracet®, Ultram®N/AIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Tramadol, O-desmethyltramadol1-3 days1-2 days
Stimulants
AmphetamineAdderall®, Benzedrine®, Dexedrine®Aimies, Back dex, Bennies, Black beauties, Brain pills, Bumblebees, Dartwheels, Dexies, Marathons, Pep pills, Pixies, Road dope, Speed, Truck drivers, UppersIIOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Amphetamine2-4+ days1-3 days
MethylphenidateRitalin®, Concerta®, Methylin®, Provigil®N/AIIOralHigh risk of physical or psychological dependence. Methylphenidate, Ritalinic acid2-4 days1-2 days
NicotineNicorette®, Nicoderm®N/ANoneSmoking; OralHigh potential for physical or psychological dependence. Cotinine, 3-OH-cotinine2-4 days2-4 days
Benzodiazepines
AlprazolamXanax®, Niravam®, Xanor®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Alprazolam, α-hydroxy alprazolam2-8 days1-2 days
ChlordiazepoxideAngirex®, Elenium®, Klopoxid®, Librax®, Libritabs®, Librium®, Mesural®, Mul-tum®, Novapam®, Risolid®, Silibrin®, Sonimen®, Tropium®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Nordiazepam, Oxazepam1-7 days1-2 days
ClonazepamKlonopin®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Clonazepam, 7-amino clonazepam3-14 days1-2 days
ClorazepateTranxene®, Novo-Clopate®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Nordiazepam, Oxazepam1-7 days1-2 days
DiazepamValium®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Diazepam, Temazepam, Nordiazepam, Oxazepam3-14 days1-2 days
FlurazepamDalmane®, Dalmadorm®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. N1-desalkyl-flurazepam, hydroxyethyl-flurazepam1-3 days1-2 days
LorazepamAtivan® Lorax®, Emotavil®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Lorazepam2-5 days1-2 days
MidazolamVersed, Dormicum, Hypnovel®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. α-Hydroxymidazolam1-3 days1-2 days
OxazepamMurelax®, Serax®, Serepax®, Alepam®, Adumbran®Downs, Nerve pills, TranksIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Oxazepam1-3 days 4-6 weeks Chronic use*1-2 days
TemazepamRestoril®, Tenox®, Euhypnos®King Kong pills, jellies, jelly, Edinburgh eccies, tams, terms, mazzies, temazies, tammies, temmies, beans, eggs, green eggs, wobbly eggs, knockouts, hardball, norries, oranges, rugby balls, ruggers, terminators, red and blue, no-gos, blackout, green devils, drunk pills, brainwash, mind erasers, tem-tems, mommy’s big helper, vitamin T, bit T, TZIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Temazepam, Oxazepam1-4 days1-2 days
Muscle Relaxants
CarisoprodolSoma®, Soprodal®Dance, DS, Las Vegas cocktail, Soma coma, Wallace 200sIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Carisoprodol, Meprobamate2-5 days1-2 days
MeprobamateMiltown®, Equanil®, Meprospan®Dance, DS, Las Vegas cocktail, Soma coma, Wallace 200sIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Meprobamate2-5 days2-3 days
Barbiturates
AmobarbitalAmytal®Yellow jackets, Angels, Downers, Red birds, Phennies, Yellows, TootsiesIIIOralRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Amobarbital3-10 days1-2 days
ButabarbitalButisol®, Butibel®Yellow jackets, Angels, Downers, Red birds, Phennies, Yellows, TootsiesIIIOralRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Butabarbital1 day–3 weeks1-2 days
ButalbitalFiorinal®, Fioricet®Yellow jackets, Angels, Downers, Red birds, Phennies, Yellows, TootsiesIIIOralRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Butalbital3-10 days1-2 days
PentobarbitalNembutal®Yellow jackets, Angels, Downers, Red birds, Phennies, Yellows, TootsiesIIIOralRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Pentobarbital3-10 days1-2 days
PhenobarbitalBelladonna®, Luminal®Yellow jackets, Angels, Downers, Red birds, Phennies, Yellows, TootsiesIIIOralRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Phenobarbital1 day–4 weeks1-2 days
SecobarbitalSeconal®Yellow jackets, Angels, Downers, Red birds, Phennies, Yellows, Tootsies, Barbs, redsIIIOralRisk of physical and psychological dependence with prolonged use. Secobarbital3-10 days1-2 days
Tricyclic Antidepressants
AmitriptylineElavil®, Endep®N/ANoneOralLittle to no risk of physical or psychological dependence.Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline2-14 days1-2 days
DesipramineNorpramin®N/ANoneOralLittle to no risk of physical or psychological dependence.Desipramine3-15 days1-2 days
DoxepinSinaquan®, Adapin®N/ANoneOralLittle to no risk of physical or psychological dependence.Doxepin, Desmethyldoxepin2-8 days1-2 days
ImipramineTofranil®, Tofranil-PM (desipramine metabolite)N/ANoneOralLittle to no risk of physical or psychological dependence.Imipramine, Desipramine1-6 days1-2 days
MaprotilineLudiomil®, Deprilept®, Psymion®N/ANoneOralLittle to no risk of physical or psychological dependence.Maprotiline7-10 days1-2 days
NortriptylinePamelor®, Aventyl® (amitriptyline metabolite)N/ANoneOralLittle to no risk of physical or psychological dependence.Nortriptyline, Hydroxynortriptyline4-21+ days1-2 days
Neuropathic
GabapentinNeurontin®N/AVOralAbuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence. Gabapentin1-3 days1-2 days
PregabalinLyrica®LyciaVOraAbuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence. Pregabalin1-3 days1-2 days
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
FluoxetineProzac®, Sarafem®, Fontex®N/ANoneOralLow risk of physical or psychological dependence. Fluoxetine, norfluoxetineNo dataNo data
SertralineZoloft®, Lustral®N/ANoneOralLow risk of physical or psychological dependence. Sertraline, NorsertralineNo dataNo data
Sedatives
MethaqualoneQuaaludeLudesIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Methaqualone2-4 daysNo data
Zaleplon Sonata®, Starnoc® N/A IV OralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Zaleplon 2-4 days No data
ZolpidemAmbien®, Stilnox®, Sublinox®A-minus, Zombie pills, No-go pillsIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Zolpidem, Carboxyzolpidem1-2 days1-2 days
ZopicloneImovane®Zimmers, Zimmies, Zim-zims, ZoppiesIVOralRisk of limited physical or psychological dependence with prolonged use. Zopiclone1-2.5 daysNo data
Illicit drugs
AlcoholN/ABoozeNoneOralLow-to-high risk of physical or psychological dependence. Alcohol, Ethyl glucuronide (EtG), Ethyl sulfate (EtS)Alcohol: 1-2 days Blood alcohol decreases .02 mg% per hour EtG/EtS: up to 80 hours6-24 hours
CathinonesBath salts, or veiled as ecstasyN/AIOralHigh potential for abuse and physical or psychological dependence. MDPV, Pyrovalerone, 3-fluoro-methcathinone, Butylone, Ethylone, MDAI, Methylone, Naphyrone, Buphedrone, Mephedrone, Methe-drone, Eutylone, PVP2-3 days1-2 days
CocaineN/AAunt nora, barbs, blow, coke, dream, foo-foo dust, her, king’s habit, Peruvian lady, snow, stardust, witch, zipIITopical; OralHigh risk of physical or psychological dependence. Benzoylecgonine1-7 days1-2 days
DextromethorphanN/ADex, DXM, robo, skittles, syrup, triple-c, vitamin D, tussinNoneOralLow potential for physical or psychological dependence. Dextromethorphan24 hoursN/A
HeroinN/ADragon, dope, hera, H, big H, white, China white, white nurse, white lady, white horse, boy, black tar, black pearl, black stuff, black eagle, brown crystal, brown sugar, brown tape, brown rhine, Mexican brown, Mexican mud, Mexican horse, junk, tar, snowball, snow, white boy, smack, scag, scat, sack, skunk, number 3, 4, 8IInhalation; OralHigh potential for physical or psychological dependence. 6-MAM, Morphine, Codeine6-MAM- 6-8 hours 1-3 days8 hours
KetamineKetanest®, Ketaset®, Ketalar®K, ket, special K, vitamin K, vit K, kit kat, keller, kelly’s day, green, blind squid, cat valium, purple, special la coke, super acid, super CIIIOralModerate risk of physical or psychological dependence. Ketamine, Norketamine2-4 daysNo data
KratomMitragyna speciosaKrathom, Biak-biak, Cratom, Mitragyne, GratomNoneSmoking; chewingAbuse risk debated. 7-hydroxymitragynineNo dataNo data
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)N/ALSD, acidIOralHigh potential of abuse despite low addiction potential. N-Desmethyl-LSD, hydroxy- LSD, 2-oxo-LSD, 2-oxo-3-hydroxy-LSD1.5-5 days1-2 days
Marijuana (THC)Marinol®, Marijuana, Pot, ReeferWeed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, ganja, mary jane, hash, herb, aunt mary, skunk, boom, chronic, cheeba, blunt, ashes, baby bhang, bammy, blanket, bomber, boom, broccoli, cripple, dagga, dinkie dow, ding, dona juana, flower, flower tops, gasper, giggle smoke, good giggles, good butt, hot stick, jay, jolly green, joy smoke, joy stick, roachISmoking; OralHigh risk of physical or psychological dependence. 11-OH-THC, 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC (plus more than 100 possible others)Single use: 3 days; moderate use: 5-7 days; daily use: 10-15 days; long term: >30 days24+ hours
Methylenedioxy-methamphet-amine (MDMA)EcstasyX, E, XTC, adam, beans, candy, dancing shoes, disco biscuits, doves, e-bombs, egg rolls, happy pill, hug drug, love drug, macolm, scooby snacks, smartees, sweets, skittles, thizz, vitamin E, vitamin X, vowelsIOralHigh potential for abuse despite low physical addiction potential. MDMA, MDA1-3 days1-2 days
MethamphetamineMethadrine, Desoxyn®, Desfedrin®, Ampedroxyn®&Crystal meth, crystal, meth, christina, tina, cris, cristy, ice, crank, speed, geep, geeter, getgo, go fast, poor man’s coke, redneck cocaine, working man’s cocaine, trash, garbage, washIIOralHigh potential for abuse and physical or psychological dependence. Methamphetamine, Amphetamine1-4+ days1-3 days
Methylene-dioxy-amphetamine (MDA)N/AMDA, Love drugIOralHigh potential for abuse despite low physical addiction potential.MDA1-3 days1-2 days
PhencyclidinePCPHog, Angel dust, Loveboat, LovelyIISmoking; OralHigh risk of abuse and physical dependence. PCP2-30 days1-2 days
Piperazines“Bath salts,” or veiled as ecstasyN/AIOralHigh potential for abuse and physical or psychological dependence. meta-Chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP), 3-trifluoromethylphenylpi-perazine (TFMPP), Benzylpiperazine (BZP)2-3 days1-2 days
Synthetic cannabinoidsK2, SpiceK2, Spice, Synthetic marijuana, Fake potISmoking, infusionHigh risk of abuse. AKB-48, AM-1248, AM-2201, AM-694, JWH-018, JWH-019, JWH-073, JWH-081, JWH-122, JWH-200, JWH-203, JWH-210, JWH-250, JWH-398, MAM-2201, RCS-4, RCS-8, UR-144, XLR-111-3 days (single dose only)12-48 hours
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