Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) Street Names & Brand Names

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on March 12, 2023

Street names for hydromorphone include dillies, footballs, and dust, and brand names for hydromorphone include Dilaudid and Exalgo. As a powerful opioid, hydromorphone has a high abuse potential both on the street and as a prescription.

Street names for hydromorphone may include dillies, footballs, juice, dust, D, and smack. Brand names for hydromorphone may include Dilaudid and Exalgo.

When sold on the street, people abuse hydromorphone to get high. When prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional, hydromorphone has analgesic effects for chronic and severe pain management. 

Hydromorphone is a Schedule II controlled substance with a high potential for drug abuse.

In Ohio, hydromorphone abuse may still be a public health concern. Other opioids such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone may see higher abuse rates, although Dilaudid abuse can still have life-threatening side effects.

Street Names For Hydromorphone

Street names for hydromorphone may include:

  • dillies
  • footballs
  • smack
  • dust
  • juice
  • D
  • smack

Other illegal opioid drugs such as heroin and codeine may be sold on the street as china white, captain cody, or white stuff, and hydromorphone may be mixed into these formulations. 

If you hear a loved one or family member talk about these street terms, they may be struggling with substance abuse.

Hydromorphone Abuse

Street forms of hydromorphone may be swallowed, snorted, plugged, smoked, or injected to get high. The sedative effects and euphoria caused by hydromorphone abuse can lead to long-term drug abuse, tolerance, and opiate addiction.

Brand Names & Uses For Hydromorphone

Brand name prescription drugs that contain hydromorphone include Dilaudid and Exalgo. These prescription opioids may be prescribed to treat severe and chronic pain.

If you have a hydromorphone prescription, you may take the drug as directed to reduce your risk of serious side effects. Your doctor may monitor your dose and the presence of side effects as needed.

Risks Of Hydromorphone Use & Abuse

Taking hydromorphone as directed can still have serious side effects such as:

  • sedation
  • drowsiness
  • impairment
  • low blood pressure
  • irregular heart rate
  • trouble breathing

If you are concerned about side effects or have a history of opioid abuse, you may talk to your doctor to find out if Dilaudid or Exalgo are the right painkillers for you.

Counterfeit Pills

Illicit forms of hydromorphone can contain other opioids and pain relievers like oxycodone, codeine, and fentanyl as well as stimulants such as amphetamines. 

These substances can be mixed into illegal hydromorphone and ingested without the buyer knowing. Ingesting high doses of illicit opioids can increase your risk of a life-threatening opioid overdose.

Ohio Opioid Overdose Statistics

In 2020, the Ohio Department of Health reported 415 unintentional drug overdose deaths caused by natural and semi-synthetic opioids such as Dilaudid, Opana, OxyContin, Norco, and Percocet. 

While fentanyl may have caused more overdose deaths in this time, natural and semi-synthetic opioid abuse is still a significant problem in the state.

Hydromorphone overdose symptoms can be reversed with naloxone, an opioid antagonist that binds to the same receptors as other opioid drugs. Naloxone may be available to Ohioans through Project DAWN, a statewide distribution program.

Hydromorphone Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are struggling with hydromorphone abuse, you may benefit from an addiction treatment program

Our inpatient opioid addiction treatment center offers opioid detox, management of opioid withdrawal symptoms with methadone and buprenorphine, and behavioral therapy services for you and your loved ones. To learn more, please contact Ohio Recovery Center today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration — Drug Fact Sheet: Hydromorphone https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Hyrdromorphone-2020_1.pdf
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration — HYDROMORPHONE (Trade name: Dilaudid®; Street Names: Dust, Juice, Smack, D, Footballs) https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/hydromorphone.pdf
  3. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Hydromorphone https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682013.html
  4. Ohio Department of Health — 2020 Ohio Drug Overdose Data: General Findings https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/wcm/connect/gov/aa1eb9be-9681-4853-aefd-9208110635dc/2020+Unintentional+Drug+Overdose+Annual+Report.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE.Z18_M1HGGIK0N0JO00QO9DDDDM3000-aa1eb9be
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — Preventing, Recognizing, and Treating Opioid Overdose https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/medications-counseling-related-conditions/opioid-overdose

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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