Of the\u00a063,600 drug overdose deaths\u00a0reported in 2016, 42,249 were attributed to opioids. The effects on the brain of the two most commonly prescribed prescription opioids (hydrocodone and oxycodone) are virtually indistinguishable from those of heroin. The addictive nature of prescription opioids is partially responsible for the current prescription drug crisis and the huge underground market in which people buy and sell these drugs illegally. Brand and\u00a0Street Names for Drugs While people who take prescription opioids legally (as prescribed) most likely call them by their brand or generic names, the culture of illegal dealers, users and addicts has spawned street lingo for opioids. Although they may not be as abundant or creative as the\u00a0street names for many drugs\u00a0or opioids like heroin, the following street names are associated with prescription opioids. Slang words are used to help conceal illicit drug deals from law enforcement and by users to hide addictions from loved ones. Codeine This opioid is classified as a Schedule II drug because it has a \u201chigh potential for abuse.\u201d Codeine attaches to the same cell receptors targeted by illegal opioids like heroin. Many medications contain codeine as an\u00a0ingredient,\u00a0especially cough suppressants (e.g., Robitussin A-C and Tylenol with codeine). Codeine (Alone) \tCaptain Cody \tCody \tLittle C \tSchool Boy Tylenol with Codeine \tT1 \tT2 \tT3 \tT4 \tDors \tFours Codeine Syrup Mixed with Soda \tPurple Drank \tSizzurp \tLean \tTexas Tea Fentanyl Brand names for this powerful synthetic opioid include\u00a0Actiq,\u00a0Duragesic,\u00a0Onsolis\u00a0and\u00a0Sublimaze. This drug is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and about 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or pressed into counterfeit pills users believe are painkillers or other drugs. Deaths from synthetic opioids soared from 9,580 in 2015 to more than 19,000 in 2016. From 2013 to 2016, the\u00a0number of deaths\u00a0involving synthetic opioids increased by 84.2% each year. \tApache \tChina Girl \tChina White \tDance Fever \tDragon\u2019s Breath \tFriend \tGoodfella \tHe-Man \tJackpot \tKing Ivory \tLollipop \tMurder 8 \tPercopop \tTango & Cash Hydrocodone Among the hundreds of brand names are\u00a0Lorcet, Lortab and Vicodin. In 2016, 6.2 billion\u00a0hydrocodone pills\u00a0were distributed in the U.S., accounting for nearly 100% of worldwide consumption. Hydrocodone is an antitussive (cough suppressant) and narcotic analgesic agent used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. In the\u00a0illicit market, hydrocodone pills with acetaminophen are the most common formula encountered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). \tBananas \tDro \tFluff \tHydro \tNorco \tTabs \tV-Itamin \tVics \tVikes \tWatsons \tWatson-387 Morphine Brand names include\u00a0Avinza,\u00a0Duramorph,\u00a0Kadian, MS-Contin,\u00a0Ormorph, RMS and\u00a0Roxanol. Although it is most associated with pain relief in\u00a0terminal illnesses\u00a0such as end-stage cancer, morphine is also sold illegally and abused. Like all opioids, morphine produces feelings of\u00a0euphoria; however, psychological dependence can occur after a relatively small number of doses. \tDreamer \tFirst Line \tGod's Drug \tM \tMiss Emma \tMister Blue \tMonkey \tMorf \tMorpho \tVitamin M \tWhite Stuff Oxycodone Brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan and\u00a0Tylox. Most experts blame the world\u2019s top-selling opioid painkiller OxyContin for fueling the opioid epidemic and possibly the more recent surge in heroin use. Oxycodone is abused orally or intravenously. The tablets are crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected. Less commonly, users place the tablets on a piece of foil and then inhale the vapors. \t30s \t40s \tBeans \tBlues \tButtons \tCotton \tGreens \tHillbilly Heroin \tOC \tOx \tOxy \tOxycet \tOxycontin \tPercs \tPills \tRims \tWheels \tWhites A\u00a0comprehensive list\u00a0of slang names compiled by law enforcement and the DEA includes illicit and select misused prescription drugs. Some variations exist and new names are continually created in an effort to stay ahead of law enforcement. Knowing these slang words is essential for the DEA and local law enforcement entities. Being aware of these names can also lead to more timely addiction diagnoses and efficacious drug treatment interventions and help parents uncover potential teen drug abuse.