Drug Dealer Slang

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Drug Dealer Slang

Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a concerned friend, you may have heard someone using slang drug terms and wondering what they meant.

This is drug dealer slang.

Some of these terms stay constant and have for years, while others change frequently.

Despite this, it is always good to be aware of the current lingo.

Although all these terms may not be related to drugs, you should take it seriously when you hear drug dealer slang.

Even if someone is simply joking, you should take action.

By using drug dealer slang, you are already feeding into the drug culture.

In addition, it is usually a hint that someone is using drugs if he or she uses drug slang on a daily basis.

Why Should You be Aware of Drug Dealer Slang?

If you were to see one of your children speaking to a friend stating that they “cannot wait to get strung out later,” this could be thought of a joke.

Unfortunately, this term means to get extremely high on drugs.

As the drug crisis grows in the United States, parents, teachers, and law enforcement need to be as vigilant as possible.

Even Drug Enforcement Administration agents have stated that drug dealer slang helps catch dealers and users alike.

Drug dealer slang is a key warning sign of substance abuse.

Why Does Drug Dealer Slang Exist?

Drug dealers created drug dealer slang because they know they cannot blatantly walk up to someone and offer them ecstasy. Instead, they may offer the chance to “roll.”

Drug dealers also know that by calling drugs different names, the buyer feels like they are in the know, makes the drug seem less dangerous, and creates a drug culture.

By using drug dealer slang, these street names cover up the stigma behind drug use.

Think about users of fake marijuana, known as “spice.” Calling it by a name that could be found next to garlic in your kitchen cabinet sounds better than “a dangerous chemical that can induce seizures.”

Having a trendy name takes away the sound of danger and guilt associated with drug use.

Various drug dealer slang terms are good to know when trying to spot drug users.

Individuals Who Use Drugs Heavily

This is essentially drug dealer slang for drug users.

The term used will vary based upon the drug being used, but some common terms include:

  • Addict
  • Druggie
  • Fiend
  • Hophead
  • Burnout
  • Dopehead
  • Doper
  • Junkie
  • Stoner
  • User
  • Zombie

Individuals Who Sell Drugs

Drug users might use drug dealer slang to describe the person who provides them with the drugs, such as:

  • Dealer
  • Cooker
  • Dope Peddler
  • Dummy Man
  • Hookup
  • Mad Hatter
  • Middleman
  • Mule
  • Pill Lady
  • Pusher
  • Source


Although addiction is typically a result of doing drugs, drug dealer slang for someone who is addicted to drugs can include:

  • Bent
  • Dependence
  • Hang-Up
  • Hooked
  • Strung Out


Drug users even have their own drug dealer slang terms for withdrawal. Terms to signify withdrawal include:

  • Clucking
  • Detox
  • DT’s
  • Jonesing
  • Shakes
  • Super-Flu
  • Around the Turn (time after withdrawal)
  • Cold Turkey (stopping drug use suddenly)

Drug Dealer Slang for Various Drugs

To create a drug culture for specific drugs, drug dealer slang exists regarding users of individual drugs, as well as what is called to be under the influence and how to use that specific drug.

Marijuana User:

  • airhead
  • blazer
  • weedhead
  • dankhead
  • druggie
  • herbalist
  • pothead
  • stoner
  • toker
  • smoker

Under the Influence:

  • baked
  • blazed
  • geeked
  • crossfaded (if combined with alcohol)
  • faded
  • lit
  • stoned
  • lit up
  • ripped


  • blunt
  • bowl
  • bong
  • J
  • PAX
  • joint
  • spliff
  • bubbler
  • doobie
  • fatty
  • roach

Ecstacy User:

  • peeper
  • pill face
  • thizz face
  • roller

Under the Influence:

  • dosed
  • faced
  • peaking
  • smacked
  • rolling
  • rolling balls

Cocaine User:

  • Cokehead
  • Snowbird
  • Snowblower
  • Cokie

Under the Influence:

  • Blow Coke
  • Do a Line
  • Do a Rail
  • Freebasing
  • Hitting the Slopes
  • Go Skiing
  • Snort

Purchase Amounts:

  • Bump
  • Hit
  • Key Bump
  • Line
  • Rail
  • Brick
  • Eightball (3.5 grams)
  • Kilo (1 kg)

Crack Cocaine User:

  • Basehead
  • Buffer
  • Chaser
  • Garbage Head
  • Nickelonians
  • Pipero
  • Puller
  • Closet Baser
  • Crack Head


  • Basing
  • Blast
  • Chasing
  • Freebasing


  • Crack Pipe
  • Glass
  • Rock Pipe
  • Pookie
  • Stem

Heroin User:

  • Chipper
  • Cotton Shooter
  • Hype
  • Jolly Popper
  • Junie
  • Junker
  • Sleepwalker


  • Chase the Dragon
  • Cooking (preparing the heroin to inject)
  • Gravy
  • Shoot
  • Shoot Up

Methamphetamine User:

  • Cranker
  • Geeker
  • Meth Head
  • Meth Maggot
  • Meth Monster
  • Smackhead
  • Speed Freak
  • Tweaker


  • Blow Clouds
  • Tweaking
  • Twirling
  • Smoking Rain


  • Monkey Crusher
  • Pipa
  • Pookie
  • Twizzal Stick
  • Oil Burner
  • Bowlo
  • Booger Pipe

Signs of Needing Treatment

Drug abuse is an incredibly serious problem.

Signs of drug misuse can include using drugs to cope with emotions or, in other terms, self-medicating.

Using either illegal drugs or prescription drugs to get high are also signs of drug abuse.

Essentially, using a drug in any way other than how it is prescribed is considered drug abuse.

There are both behavioral and physical signs of drug abuse to look out for, including the below:

  • Using drug dealer slang
  • Problems in relationships, such as fights or break-ups
  • Legal and financial problems due to the high cost of drugs and the amount needed to fuel an addiction
  • A decrease in performance at work, school, or other activities
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of motivation
  • Changes in thinking or an increase in poor decision-making
  • An increase in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex, stealing, or driving under the influence
  • An uptake in mood swings
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Larger or smaller than usual pupils
  • Poor coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Persistent coughing or runny nose
  • Bad hygiene
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Unusual smells on clothing, on the body, or the breath

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How to Get Help

If you have noticed drug dealer slang being used by someone you love, then it may be a sign that there is a possible addiction or drug abuse issue at hand.

Contact us at Resurgence Behavioral Health to learn about your addiction treatment options.

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