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Fentanyl Street Names, Slang Terms, and Nicknames

Medically Verified: 2/1/24

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Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times stronger. This substance is available by prescription to individuals after surgery or to treat chronic and severe pain. Typically, fentanyl is only prescribed when the patient will not respond to less potent opioids.

Because fentanyl is so potent, many drug dealers mix it with other substances to stretch out their products and make more money. However, the fentanyl they use is not the same as prescription fentanyl. They are using illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), which is even more dangerous because it can be hard to determine the dosage, potency, and any other substances present.

According to the CDC, “Over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.”[1]

If you are concerned that your loved one is abusing fentanyl, being aware of the street names, slang terms, and nicknames can help you determine if they are discussing the purchase or use of the substance.

Brand Names for Fentanyl

Some people may have access to prescription fentanyl if they are suffering from chronic pain, recovering from a major surgery, or have a friend with a prescription. Because of this, you should be aware of the brand names associated with fentanyl.

The brand names for prescription fentanyl include:

  • Duragesic (patches)
  • Sublimaze (IV)
  • Actiq (lozenges)
  • Onsolis (sublingual film)
  • Fentora (tablet that dissolves in mouth)
  • Subsys (liquid oral spray)
  • Lazanda (nasal spray)

These forms of fentanyl are very rarely found on the street. To obtain prescription fentanyl, your loved one must have an injury, chronic pain condition, or a friend who is selling their prescription. Most people who abuse fentanyl are receiving illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which has an array of street names and slang terms for you to familiarize yourself with.

Slang Terms for Illicit Fentanyl

Some of the most obvious street names for fentanyl are a play on the name of the substance itself. These include:[2]

  • F
  • Fent
  • Fenty
  • Freddy
  • Fuf
  • Opes

Fentanyl is an opioid that was created by a scientist in Belgium.[3] However, many people associate it with China because many of the opioids we are familiar with today come from the poppy plants in the country. As a result, many nicknames for fentanyl are based on its origin.

These slang terms include:

  • China girl
  • China town
  • China white
  • Chinese buffet
  • Pharmacy
  • Lollipop

Because most fentanyl found on the street is created illegally, the color of the drug can vary. Oftentimes, fentanyl ranges from shades of white to gray, and even sometimes blue, causing people to begin calling fentanyl by street names based on its color.

These fentanyl street names include:

  • Blue diamond
  • Blue dolphin
  • Blues
  • China white
  • Gray stuff
  • King ivory
  • Snowflake
  • White girls/white ladies

Additional nicknames for fentanyl may include:

  • Crazy one
  • Apache
  • Dance fever
  • Dragons breath
  • Fire
  • Friend
  • Goodfella
  • Great bear
  • He-man
  • Heineken
  • Jackpot
  • Murder 8
  • Nal
  • Nil
  • Tango and cash
  • TNT

Street Names for Fentanyl Mixed With Other Drugs

In addition to the common street names for fentanyl, people may use slang terms to describe the substance when it’s mixed with other drugs. Most commonly, fentanyl is found mixed with other opioid drugs, cocaine, methamphetamine, and more. Unfortunately, many people who purchase these drugs do not realize they are taking fentanyl, causing them to suffer from an overdose.

The street names for fentanyl when it’s mixed with other drugs include:

  • Birria (fentanyl and heroin)
  • Chiva Loca (fentanyl and heroin)
  • Facebook (mixed with heroin in pill form)
  • Dirty fentanyl (fentanyl and cocaine)
  • Takeover (fentanyl and cocaine)

More often than not, drug dealers selling these substances do not disclose that they contain fentanyl. They are using fentanyl as an adulterant to make their drugs more potent, causing their customers to become hooked faster. However, this ends up backfiring, causing them to lose customers to life-threatening and fatal overdoses.

If you or a loved one are worried that there is fentanyl in a substance you have purchased, you should always use a fentanyl testing strip. These test strips can tell you if there is any fentanyl present in the drugs you are planning on taking.

Even if you are not an opioid user, you should always keep naloxone (Narcan) handy if you regularly use illicit drugs. This medication can reverse an opioid overdose and save your life if your drugs were laced with fentanyl.

Get Help for Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction Today

If you or a loved one suffer from fentanyl addiction, know that recovery is possible. Many people who abuse fentanyl regularly deal with overdoses regularly, which is extremely dangerous. Every time you abuse fentanyl you are at risk of experiencing a fatal overdose.

A fentanyl rehab center can provide you with the support and tools you need to overcome fentanyl addiction and maintain long-term sobriety. Contact Carolina Center for Recovery today to learn more about our fentanyl addiction treatment program.