List Of Opioids | Brand Names & Street Names

Kimberly Langdon, M.D.

Medically Reviewed By: Kimberly Langdon, M.D.

on December 10, 2022

Opioid drugs are painkillers made from the opium poppy plant. There are three main types: natural opioids (also called opiates), semi-synthetic opioids, and synthetic opioids.

All opioids provide pain relief by attaching to opioid receptors throughout the body. Common side effects of opioids include nausea, drowsiness, and constipation. The drugs also pose a high risk of addiction, especially if you abuse them. 

Prescription opioids are prescribed under various brand names. They’re also sold on the street under various street names, along with the illegal opioid heroin. 


Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid. It’s also classified as an opioid partial agonist. That means it produces milder effects than most other opioid medications. It’s often prescribed to treat withdrawal symptoms and cravings in people who are trying to quit more powerful opioids. 

Brand Names:

  • Belbuca
  • Buprenex
  • Bunavail (buprenorphine and the opioid antagonist naloxone)
  • Butrans
  • Probuphine
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)
  • Subutex 
  • Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone)

Street Names:

  • Big Whites
  • Buse
  • Oranges
  • Small Whites
  • Sobos
  • Stops
  • Strips
  • Sub
  • Subs


Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid. It’s considered the strongest opioid, being 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. Because it’s so powerful, it’s never prescribed for humans. Instead, veterinarians use it to sedate elephants and other large animals.

Brand Names:

  • Widnil

Street Names:

  • Apache
  • China Girl
  • China White
  • Drop Dead
  • Gray Death
  • TNT
  • Serial Killer 


Codeine is a natural opioid that often appears in cough and cold medications. 

Brand Names:

  • Airacof (codeine, diphenhydramine, and phenylephrine)
  • Antituss AC (codeine and guaifenesin)
  • Brontex (codeine and guaifenesin)
  • Bron-Tuss (codeine and guaifenesin)
  • Cheratussin (codeine and guaifenesin)
  • Halotussin AC (codeine and guaifenesin)
  • Robitussin AC (codeine and guaifenesin)
  • Tylenol with Codeine (codeine and acetaminophen) 
  • Vanacof (codeine, dexchlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine)

Street Names:

  • Captain Cody
  • Cody
  • Little C
  • Schoolboy

In addition, codeine cough syrup mixed with soda is often called lean, purple drank, sizzurp, or Texas tea. 


Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. It’s involved in a large number of fatal drug overdoses. 

Brand Names:

  • Abstral
  • Actiq
  • Duragesic
  • Fentora
  • Sublimaze 

Street Names:

  • Apace
  • China Girl
  • China Town
  • China White
  • Dance Fever
  • Goodfellas
  • Great Bear
  • He-Man
  • Poison
  • Tango & Cash


Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid made from morphine. Unlike other opioids, it’s not available by prescription. 

Street Names:

  • Black Tar
  • Dope
  • H
  • Horse
  • Junk
  • Smack
  • Ska


Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It’s often combined with the pain reliever and fever reducer acetaminophen. 

Brand Names:

  • Hysingla 
  • Lorcet (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
  • Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
  • Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
  • Zohydro (ER)

Street Names:

  • Fluff
  • Hydros
  • Vitamin
  • Vic
  • Vike
  • Watson-387


Hydromorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain. 

Brand Names:

Street Names:

  • D
  • Dillies
  • Footballs
  • Juice
  • Smack


Meperidine is a synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain.

Brand Names:

Street Names:

  • D
  • Demmies
  • Dust


Methadone is a synthetic opioid that’s used to treat moderate to severe pain. Also, like buprenorphine, it’s often prescribed to treat withdrawal symptoms and cravings in people quitting other opioids.

Brand Names:

  • Diskets
  • Dolophine
  • Methadose

Street Names:

  • Amidone
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fizzies


Morphine is a natural opioid that’s prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. 

Brand Names:

  • Arymo ER
  • Duramorph
  • Kadian
  • MS Contin 
  • Morphabond 
  • Roxanol

Street Names:

  • Dreamer
  • God’s Drug 
  • M
  • Miss Emma
  • Monkey
  • Morpho 
  • Roxanol
  • White Stuff


Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain.

Brand Names:

  • Percocet
  • Oxyado 
  • OxyContin
  • Roxicodone
  • Targiniq ER (oxycodone and naloxone)

Street Names:

  • 30s
  • As
  • Berries
  • Blues
  • Blueberries
  • Ercs
  • Greenies
  • Hillbilly Heroin
  • Kickers
  • M-30s
  • Ms
  • O.C.
  • Oxy
  • Oxycet
  • Oxycotton
  • Ozone
  • Percs
  • Rims
  • Roxy
  • Tires
  • Wheels


Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid prescribed to treat severe pain.

Brand Names:

Street Names:

  • Biscuits
  • Blue Heaven
  • Mrs. O
  • O Bomb
  • Octagons
  • Stop Signs


Tramadol is a synthetic opioid that’s used to treat moderate to severe pain.

Brand Names:

  • ConZip
  • Qdolo
  • Ultram
  • Ultram ER

Street Names:

  • Chill Pills
  • Trammies
  • Ultras

Opioid Abuse & Addiction

Along with easing pain, opioids can also cause relaxation and euphoria (intense joy). That’s why some people abuse them. Opioid abuse occurs when you use an opioid in a manner not recommended by a prescribing physician. 

For example, you might take the drug more often, take higher doses than prescribed, or take it without a prescription.

Opioid abuse often leads to opioid addiction (also called opioid use disorder). This disease makes you feel unable to control your opioid use. Other symptoms include:

  • tolerance (needing increasingly larger or more frequent doses of a drug to feel the desired effects)
  • physical dependence (experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea and anxiety, when you don’t use opioids)
  • loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • avoidance of friends and family members 

People who struggle with opioid abuse or addiction should seek help at a substance abuse treatment center. 

To learn about treatment options, please contact Ohio Recovery Center. Our compassionate healthcare providers offer personalized, evidence-based treatments to help you or your loved one stay drug-free.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Fentanyl Facts
  2. National Institutes of Health — Street & Commercial Names
  3. United States National Library of Medicine — Opioid Misuse and Addiction

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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