“In 2015, nearly half of all United States Customs and Border Protection heroin seizures at the Southwest Border were seized in the San Diego Corridor. Seizures in the San Diego Corridor more than quadrupled since 2010.”
~United States Drug Enforcement Agency 2016 Drug Threat Assessment
Cheap, potent heroin – most of it from south of the border – is a real and growing problem in San Diego.
The San Diego Association of Governments estimates that there are as many as 50,000 people in North San Diego County who are dependent upon heroin and other opioids. For San Diegans age 20-29, heroin is the most-common cause of accidental overdose.
2001-2014, there was a six-fold increase in the number of heroin-related overdose deaths in America. In 2015, 12,989 people died because of heroin.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Heroin abusers will use multiple “street” terms – literally, DOZENS of nicknames – to disguise their use of heroin. By doing so, they are able to openly buy and sell heroin, leaving their concern loved ones none the wiser.
Heroin Street Names
- Bad Bundle
- Big H
- Black Eagle
- Black Pearl
- Black Stuff
- Black Tar
- Brown Crystal
- Brown Rhine
- Brown Sugar
- Brown Tape
- China White
- Flea Powder
- La Buena
- Mexican Brown
- Mexican Horse
- Mexican Mud
- Tigre Blanco
- Tigre del Norte
- White Boy
- White Girl
- White Stuff
Heroin is usually used in combination with other illicit drugs:
- Marijuana and Heroin –Atom Bomb, Woo-Woo, Canade, Woolie, or Woola
- Alprazolam (Xanax) and Heroin – Bars, or Zany bars
- LSD and Heroin – LBJ or Beast
- Crack and Heroin – Moon Rock, 8-Ball, Dragon Rock, or Chocolate Rock
- Cold Medicine and Heroin – Cheese
- Fentanyl and Heroin – China White
- MDMA and Heroin – H-Bomb or Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Methamphetamines and Heroin – Meth Speedball
- Morphine and Heroin – New Jack Swing or Cotton Brothers
- Alcohol, Rohypnol, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, and Heroin – the “5-way”
There are other terms associated with heroin abuse:
- Bag or Balloon – the quantity of heroin
- Chipper – someone who occasionally uses heroin
- Cook – preparing the heroin for injection
- Give Wings – teaching someone else how to inject heroin
- Nod/Nodding Out – feeling heroin’s affects
- Rig, Point, or Works – paraphernalia (syringe, spoon, etc.) used to cook and inject heroin
Knowledge Is Power in the Fight against Heroin Addiction
Knowing these slang terms for heroin can help you better recognize when your loved one may be at risk. Because heroin is so deadly, the sooner they can get professional help, the more likely they are to achieve long-term sobriety.
Lasting recovery outpatient drug and alcohol rehab in San Diego can help you or your loved ones deal with an addiction to heroin or other opioids. If you want to reclaim your life from a substance abuse disorder, contact Lasting Recovery today.
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