Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Heroin

Slang terms

Black tar, china white, dust, "H", horse, J junk, Mexican mud, scag, smack

Active ingredient

Diacetyl morphine Semisynthetic (from morphine)

Pharmacological classification

Narcotic analgesic

Medical use

None legally

Abuse form

Powder (white, gray, brown)

Usage method

Injected (bloodstream, under skin, or into muscle), snorted, smoked ("chasing the dragon"), or taken orally (powder wrapped in bread)

Combinations

With amphetamine, "bombita"; with cocaine, "dyna-mite," "speedball," or "whizbang"; with marijuana, "atom bomb" or "A-bomb"

Effects sought

Euphoria

Adverse effects

Addiction, constipation, loss of appetite

Detectable in urine

Yes

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