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Commonly misused prescription medications

There are three types of prescription medications that are commonly misused by young people.

They are

  • Opioids: narcotic painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet or Codeine
  • Depressants: used to relieve anxiety or help sleep, like Valium, Klonopin or Xanax
  • Stimulants: used for treating attention deficit disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall or Ritalin

While all these drugs can be misused and lead to addiction, the greatest concern today are opioids, which have similar origin to heroin. There has been a rise in the number of young people buying these pills on the street, or stealing them from medicine cabinets.

Commonly abused prescription medications (street names)

As a parent, it’s important you recognize the street names for these drugs.

Commercial Name


Common Form

How It’s Taken


Captain Cody, Lean, Schoolboy, Sizzurp, Loads, Purple Drank, Loads, Doors & Fours, Pancakes and Syrup

Tablet, capsule, liquid

Injected, swallowed (often mixed with soda)


(Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze)

Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, TNT

Lozenge, sublingual tablet, film

Injected, smoked, snorted

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone

(Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)

Vike, Watson -387

Capsule, liquid, tablet

Swallowed, snorted, injected



D, Dillies, Footballs, Juice, Smack

Liquid, suppository

Injected, rectal


(OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet)

O.C., Oxycet, Oxycotton, Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin, Percs

Capsule, liquid, tablet

Swallowed, snorted, injected


(Dolophine, Methadose)

Amidone, Fizzies with MDMA; Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tablet, dispersible tablet, liquid

Swallowed, injected


(Duramorph, Roxanol)

M, Miss Emma, Monkey, White Stuff

Tablet, liquid, capsule, suppository

Injected, swallowed, smoked



Biscuits, Blue Heaven, Mrs. O, O Bomb, Octagons, Stop Signs


Swallowed, snorted, injected