The content below has been adapted with permission from Lackawanna County's Heroin Hits Home initiative.

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D-G

H-J

K-O

P-R

S-Z

A

  • Abe: $5 worth of a drug
  • Abe’s cabe: $5 bill
  • Ad: addict
  • Agonies: withdrawal symptoms
  • AIP: heroin (from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan)
  • All lit up: under the influence of a drug
  • All star: user of multiple drugs
  • Antifreeze: heroin
  • Aries: heroin
  • Atom bomb: marijuana mixed with heroin
  • Aunt Hazel: heroin
  • Author: a doctor who writes illegal prescriptions

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B

  • Babe: drug used for detoxification
  • Baby habit: occasional use of drugs
  • Babysit: to guide someone through a drug experience
  • Back to back: smoking crack after injecting heroin, or vice versa
  • Backtrack: allowing blood to flow back into the needle during injection
  • Backup: to prepare a vein for injection
  • Bad bundle: heroin (low quality)
  • Bad go: bad reaction to a drug
  • Bad seed: Peyote; heroin; cannabis
  • Bag man: person who transports money
  • Balloon: heroin supplier
  • Ballot: heroin
  • Bang: to inject a drug
  • Bart Simpson: heroin; LSD blotter type
  • Beast: heroin plus LSD
  • Bedbugs: fellow addicts
  • Belt: effects of drugs
  • Bent: addicted
  • Big H: heroin
  • Big Harry: heroin
  • Bindle: heroin; small packet of powder
  • Bing: enough of a drug for one injection
  • Bingo: to inject a drug
  • Birdie powder: heroin; cocaine
  • Biz: bag or portion of drugs
  • Black pearl: heroin
  • Black stuff: heroin; opium
  • Black tar: heroin
  • Blanco: heroin and cocaine (spanish)
  • Blanks: low quality drugs
  • Blasted: under the influence of drugs
  • Blitzed: under the influence of drugs
  • Blow a fix: when a heroin injection misses the vein
  • Blow a shot: when a heroin injection misses the vein
  • Blow the vein: to inject a drug
  • Body packer: a person who ingests packets of cocaine, crack or heroin to transport it
  • Bomb: crack; heroin; high potency heroin
  • Bombido: amphetamine (injectable); heroin; depressant
  • Bombs away: heroin
  • Bonita: heroin (Spanish)
  • Boost and shoot: steal to support a habit
  • Boot: to inject a drug
  • Booted: under the influence of a drug
  • Boxed: in jail
  • Boy: cocaine; heroin
  • Bounceo: heroin
  • Brain damage: heroin
  • Brick gum: heroin
  • Bridge/bring up: to ready a vein for injection
  • Brown: heroin; cannabis
  • Brown crystal: heroin
  • Brown rhine: heroin
  • Brown sugar: heroin
  • Bundle: heroin
  • Bunk: fake drugs
  • Burn the main line: to inject a drug
  • Burned: to purchase fake drugs
  • Burned out: collapse of veins from repeated injection
  • Burnout: a heavy abuser of drugs
  • Business: injecting equipment
  • Busted: to be arrested
  • Butu: heroin
  • Buzz: under the influence of drugs

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C

  • Caballo: heroin (Spanish)
  • Caca: heroin
  • Cad/Cadillac: 1 ounce
  • Capital H: heroin
  • Carga: heroin (Spanish)
  • Carne: heroin (Spanish)
  • Channel swimmer: one who injects heroin
  • Charged up: under the influence of a drug
  • Charley: heroin
  • Chasing the dragon: crack mixed with heroin
  • Chasing the tiger: to smoke heroin
  • Check: personal supply of drugs
  • Cheese/Cheese heroin: heroin mixed with Tylenol
  • Chicle: heroin (Spanish)
  • Chieva: heroin
  • China cat: high potency heroin
  • China white: heroin plus fentanyl
  • Chinese red: heroin
  • Chip: heroin
  • Chipper: occasional heroin user
  • Chipping: using drugs occasionally
  • Chiva: heroin (Spanish)
  • Chocofan: brown tar heroin (Spanish)
  • Cigarette paper: packet of heroin
  • Clear up: to stop using drugs
  • Clocking paper: profits from selling drugs
  • Coasting: under the influence of a drug
  • Cod: large amount of money
  • Cold turkey: sudden withdrawal from drugs
  • Connect: purchase drugs; supplier of illegal drugs
  • Connection: supplier of illegal drugs
  • Cook down: liquifying heroin in order to inhale it
  • Cop: obtain drugs
  • Copping zones: specific areas where buyers can purchase drugs
  • Cotton: money
  • Cotton brothers: cocaine, heroin, & morphine
  • Cotton fever: critically high fever associated with accidentally injecting cotton fiber into the bloodstream (generally with heroin)
  • Courage pills: heroin; depressant
  • Course note: bill larger than $2
  • Crap: low quality heroin
  • Crown crap: heroin
  • Cura: heroin (Spanish)
  • Cut deck: heroin mixed with powdered milk

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D

  • Dabble: to use drugs occasionally
  • Deuce: $2 worth of drugs; heroin
  • Dews: $10 worth of drugs
  • Diesel: heroin
  • Dime: $10 worth of drugs
  • Dime’s worth: amount of heroin causing death
  • Dinosaurs: populations of heroin users in their forties or fifties
  • Dirt: heroin
  • Disease: drug of choice
  • Dog food: heroin
  • Doogie: heroin
  • Dollar: $100 worth of drugs
  • Dooley: heroin
  • Dope: marijuana; heroin; any other drug
  • Dragon rock: mixture of heroin and crack
  • Dreck: heroin
  • Dropper: to inject a drug
  • Dub: $20 worth of drugs
  • Duji: heroin
  • Dust: marijuana mixed with various chemicals; cocaine; heroin; PCP
  • Dusting: adding PCP, heroin, or another drug to marijuana
  • Dynamite: Cocaine mixed with heroin
  • Dyno: heroin
  • Dyno-pure: heroin

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E

  • Easy score: obtaining drugs easily
  • Eating: taking a drug orally
  • Eighth: 1/8 ounce of heroin
  • Elephant: marijuana; PCP; heroin
  • Emergency gun: instrument other than a syringe used to inject
  • Estuffa: heroin

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F

  • Factory: place where drugs are packaged, diluted or manufactured
  • Fall: to be arrested
  • Fairy dust: heroin
  • Fifteen cents: $15 worth of drugs
  • Five C note: $500 bill
  • Five cent bag: $5 worth of drugs
  • Five dollar bag: $50 worth of drugs
  • Fix: to inject a drug; heroin
  • Flag: appearance of blood in the vein
  • Flea powder: low purity heroin
  • Foolish powder: heroin; cocaine
  • Fuete: hypodermic needle

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G

  • Galloping horse: heroin
  • Gamot: heroin
  • Garbage: inferior quality heroin
  • Gato: heroin (spanish)
  • Gear: drugs
  • Geeze: to inject a narcotic
  • Geezer: to inject a drug
  • Get a gift: obtain drugs
  • Get down: to inject a drug
  • Get lifted: under the influence of drugs
  • Get off: to inject a drug; get “high”
  • Get off houses: private places heroin users can purchase and use heroin for a fee
  • Get through: obtain drugs
  • Gimmicks: drug injection equipment
  • Giro houses: non-bank financial institutions frequently used by drug traffickers to launder drug proceeds
  • Go into a sewer: to inject a drug
  • Golden girl: heroin
  • Good and plenty: heroin
  • Good H: heroin
  • Good lick: good drugs
  • Got it going on: fast sale of drugs
  • Graduate: completely stop using drugs or progress to stronger drugs
  • Gravy: to inject a drug; heroin
  • Grease: money
  • Green goods: paper currency
  • Gun: to inject a drug; needle
  • Gutter: vein into which a drug is injected
  • Gutter junkie: addict who relies on others to obtain drugs

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H

  • H: heroin
  • H & C: heroin and cocaine
  • H Caps: heroin
  • Hache: heroin
  • Hairy: heroin
  • Half G: $500
  • Half load: 15 bags (decks) of heroin
  • Half piece: ½ ounce of heroin or cocaine
  • Half-a-C: $50 bill
  • Hand-to-hand: direct delivery and payment
  • Hard candy: heroin
  • Harry: heroin
  • Hazel: heroin
  • Heeled: having plenty of money
  • Helen: heroin
  • Hell dust: heroin
  • Henry: heroin
  • Hero: heroin
  • Hero of the underworld: heroin
  • Herone: heroine
  • Hessle: heroine
  • High: under the influence of drugs
  • Him: heroin
  • Hit the main line: to inject a drug
  • Hit the needle: to inject a drug
  • Hit the pit: to inject a drug
  • Hitting up: to inject a drug
  • Holding: possessing drugs
  • Honey: money
  • Honeymoon: early stages of drug use before addiction or dependency develops
  • Hong-yen: heroin in pill form
  • Hook you up: to get someone drugs
  • Hooked: addicted
  • Hopped up: under the influence of drugs
  • Horning: to inhale cocaine; heroin
  • Horse: heroin
  • Hot dope: heroin
  • Hot heroin: heroin poisoned to give to a police informant
  • Hot load: lethal injection of an opiate
  • Hot shot: lethal injection of an opiate
  • House fee: money paid to enter a crackhouse
  • HRN: heroin
  • Hulling: using others to get drugs
  • Hustle: attempt to obtain drug customers
  • Hype: heroin addict; an addict
  • Hype stick: hypodermic needle

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I

  • Ice cream habit: occasional use of drugs
  • In: connected with drug suppliers
  • Isda: heroin

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J

  • Jab: to inject a drug
  • Jack: steal someone’s drugs
  • Jack-Up: to inject a drug
  • Jag: keep a high going
  • Jee gee: heroin
  • Jive: heroin; marijuana; any drug
  • Jive doo jee: heroin
  • Jojee: heroin
  • Jolly pop: causal user of heroin
  • Jolt: strong reaction to drugs; to inject a drug
  • Jones: heroin; a need for more drugs
  • Jonesing: need for more drugs
  • Joy: heroin
  • Joy flakes: heroin
  • Joy plant: opium
  • Joy pop: to inject a drug
  • Joy popping: occasional use of drugs
  • Joy powder: heroin; cocaine
  • Juggle: sell drugs to another addict to support a habit
  • Juggler: teen-aged street dealer
  • Junk: heroin; cocaine
  • Junkie: addict

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K

  • Kabayo: heroin
  • Karachi: heroin
  • Kick: getting off a drug habit; the effects of a drug, especially Amphetamines; inhalant
  • Kiddie dope: prescription drugs
  • Kit: equipment used to inject drugs

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M

  • Mainline: to inject a drug
  • Mainliner: person who injects into the vein
  • Make up: need to find more drugs
  • Matsakow: heroin
  • Merchandise: drugs
  • Mexican mud: heroin
  • Midnight oil: opium
  • Miss: to inject a drug
  • Moonrock: crack and heroin
  • Morotgara: heroin
  • Mortal combat: high potency heroin
  • Mouth worker: one who takes drugs orally
  • Mud: heroin plus opium
  • Mule: carrier of drugs
  • Muzzle: heroin
  • Laugh and scratch: to inject a drug
  • Lay-out: equipment for taking drugs
  • Leaping: under the influence of drug
  • Lemonade: poor quality drugs
  • Lemonade: heroin; poor quality drugs
  • Lettuce: money
  • Line: a single dose for snorting
  • Lit up: under the influence of drugs
  • Loaded: high
  • Loused: covered by sores and abscesses from repeated use of unsterile needles

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N

  • Nailed: arrested
  • Nanoo: heroin
  • New Jack Swing: heroin and morphine
  • Nice and easy: heroin
  • Nickel bag: $5 worth of drugs; heroin
  • Nickel deck: heroin
  • Nickel note: $5 bill
  • Nix: stranger among the group
  • Nod: effects of heroin
  • Noise: heroin
  • Number 4: heroin
  • Number 8: heroin

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O

  • OC: oxycontin
  • Ocean Cities: oxycontin
  • OD: overdose
  • O.P.: opium
  • Ogoy: heroin
  • Oil: heroin; PCP
  • Old Steve: heroin
  • On a trip: under the influence of drugs
  • On the bricks: walking the streets
  • On the nod: under the influence of narcotics or depressant
  • One on one house: where cocaine and heroin can be purchased
  • One plus one sales: selling cocaine and heroin together
  • Ope: opium
  • Outfit: syringe

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P

  • Pack: marijuana; heroin
  • Panic: drugs not available
  • Paper: a dosage unit of heroin
  • Paper bag: container for drugs
  • Parachute: smokable crack & heroin mixture
  • P-dope: 20-30% pure heroin
  • Peddlar: drug supplier
  • Peg: heroin
  • Pepsi habit: occasional use of drugs
  • Perlas: street dealer (heroin)
  • P-funk: crack mixed with PCP; heroin
  • Plant: hiding place for drugs
  • Point: a needle
  • Poison: heroin; fentanyl
  • Polvo: heroin (spanish); PCP
  • Poppy: heroin
  • Predator: heroin
  • Primos: cigarette laced with cocaine and heroin
  • Pulborn: heroin
  • Push: sell drugs
  • Push shorts: to cheat or sell short amounts

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Q

  • Quarter bag: $25 worth of drugs
  • Quarter piece: ¼ ounce

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R

  • Racehorse charlie: cocaine; heroin
  • Rambo: heroin
  • Rap: criminally charged; to talk with someone
  • Raw fusion: heroin
  • Raw hide: heroin
  • Razed: under the influence of drugs
  • Ready rock: cocaine; crack; heroin
  • Red: under the influence of drugs
  • Red chicken: heroin
  • Red eagle: heroin
  • Reindeer dust: heroin
  • Rhine: heroin
  • Roller: to inject a drug

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S

  • Sack: heroin
  • Satch: papers, letters, cards, clothing, etc. saturated with drug solution (used to smuggle drugs into prisons or hospitals)
  • Satch cotton: fabric used to filter a solution of narcotics before injection
  • Scag: heroin
  • Scat: heroin
  • Schmeck: heroin
  • Score: to obtain drugs
  • Scott: heroin
  • Scratch: money
  • Second to none: heroin
  • Set: place where drugs are sold
  • Sewer: vein into which a drug is injected
  • Sharps: hypodermic needles
  • Shit: heroin; cannabis; any drug
  • Shmeck: heroin
  • Shoot up: to inject a drug
  • Shooting gallery: place where drugs are used
  • Shot down: under the influence of a drug
  • Skag: heroin
  • Skee: opium
  • Skid: heroin
  • Skied: under the influence of a drug
  • Skin popping: injecting drugs under the skin
  • Slam: to inject a drug
  • Slanging: selling drugs
  • Sleeper: heroin; barbiturate
  • Smack: heroin
  • Sniffer bags: $5 bag of heroin intended for inhalation
  • Sniffing: to inhale cocaine; inhalants
  • Snort: to inhale a drug
  • Speedball: heroin mixed with cocaine; crack and smoked together
  • Spike: to inject a drug; needle; hypodermic needle
  • Split: half and half; or to leave
  • Spoon: 1/16 ounce of heroin; paraphernalia used to prepare heroin for injection
  • Sprung: person just starting to use drugs
  • Stash: place to hide drugs; unused drugs
  • Stash areas: drug storage and distribution areas
  • Step on: dilute drugs
  • Stoned: under the influence of a drug
  • Strung out: heavily addicted to drugs
  • Stuff: heroin
  • Sweet dreams: heroin
  • Sweet Jesus: heroin

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    T

    • T.N.T.: heroin; fentanyl
    • Tar: heroin and crack smoked together; heroin; opium
    • Taste: heroin; small sample of drugs
    • Taxing: price paid to enter a crackhouse
    • Tecata: heroin (Spanish)
    • The beast: heroin
    • The witch: heroin
    • Thing: heroin; cocaine; main drug interest at the moment
    • Thoroughbred: drug dealer who sells pure narcotics
    • Thunder: heroin
    • Tie: to inject a drug
    • Tiger: heroin
    • Toilet water: inhalants
    • Tout: person who introduces buyers to sellers
    • Track: to inject a drug
    • Tracks: row of needle marks on a person
    • Trap: hiding place for drugs
    • Turf: place where drugs are sold
    • Turned on: introduced to drugs; under the influence
    • Twenty: $20 worth of drugs

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    U

    • Uncle: federal agents

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    W

    • Wake and Bake: marijuana; getting high first thing in the morning
    • White boy: heroin
    • White junk: heroin
    • White lady: cocaine; heroin
    • White nurse: heroin
    • Wicked: a potent brand of heroin
    • Wiggin: odd behavior resulting from the use of mind altering drugs
    • Wings: heroin; cocaine
    • Witch: heroin; cocaine
    • Witch hazel: heroin
    • Works: equipment used for injecting a drug

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    Z

    • Z: 1 ounce of heroin
    • Zip: 1 ounce of any type of drug
    • Zonked: extremely high on drugs

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