This means that it is completely illegal, and there are no medical uses for it. Because of these factors, there is a very long list of slang terms for heroin and plenty of colloquial language around its use and the culture surrounding it. The terms also vary according to country, but this article will focus on the US-based slang. Common general slang terms for heroin itself include:
- China white
Another reason that there are so many different slang terms for heroin is that drug dealers often come up with new terms in order to avoid detection by police officers.
The culture around heroin and the manufacturing and distribution of this substance are also constantly evolving both naturally and due to necessity.
Cutting Agents and Heroin Combinations
Heroin can also be combined with a number of other intoxicants in order to intensify the effects or to mediate the unpleasant symptoms of one or more of the drugs involved.
Common combinations and their slang terms include:
- Dynamite: heroin and cocaine
- Primo or dragon rock: heroin and crack
- Screwball: heroin and meth
- H-bomb: heroin and ecstasy
- Neon nod: heroin and LSD (acid)
- Chocolate bars: heroin and Xanax
- Atom bomb or A-bomb: heroin and marijuana
- El diablo: heroin, cocaine, and marijuana
- LBJ: heroin, LSD, and PCP
Mixing heroin with other substances compounds the already high risks associated with the drug’s intake.
It increases the risk of overdose as the effects are combined, and mixing depressants and stimulants can even mask the signs of an overdose of either drug.