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How Street Drug Names Are Evolving on College Campuses

Just as college culture evolves with each incoming class, so too do street drug names on college campuses. College life is known for keg parties and underage drinking. However, campuses are also being flooded with other drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and pharmaceuticals, which have street drug names it helps to know if you’re concerned about college drug use.
Street Drug Names


Pharming is a relatively new way of getting high on college campuses. Thirty years ago the most common substances found on college campuses were alcohol and marijuana. Today, at least one in four teens has used prescription drugs for off-label purposes, like getting high, improving concentration or staying up late. With the mounting pressure of college studies, many students use pharmaceuticals to keep up with their school work or cram before finals.

Amphetamines are common pharmaceuticals used on college campuses and go by street drug names such as black beauties, speed, bennies, crank, and uppers.


Like prescription amphetamines, cocaine is also used on college campuses as a stimulant to give students extra energy with a euphoric high. Cocaine is highly addictive and can be laced with dangerous chemicals. Common street drug names for cocaine include flake, coca, snow, coke, crack, and soda cot.


Over the years college partying has evolved from the mellow jam sessions of the hippie era to the electronic-inspired age of ravers. College students make up the majority of the attendance at raves, which are hotspots for selling and using drugs like ecstasy. Also known as MDMA, ecstasy is a stimulant and psychedelic drug that results in enhanced tactile sensations and increased energy. It is also used to increase feelings of closeness, empathy and sexuality.

Common street names for ecstasy and MDMA include:

  • E
  • X
  • Go
  • XTC
  • STP
  • Eve
  • Adam
  • Molly
  • Beans
  • Peace
  • Clarity
  • Hug drug
  • Disco Biscuit
  • Lover’s Speed


Benzodiazepine abuse is another form of pharmaceutical abuse on the rise on college campuses. Benzodiazepines cause sedation, anxiety relief and sleep. They may be used by themselves to combat anxiety or they may be used to counteract the effects of stimulant drugs when the user is ready to come down. Common street drug names for benzodiazepines include downers and benzos.

The terminology used to refer to drugs is constantly changing. Dealers, sellers and users come up with new phrases to refer to illegal drugs and activities every day in an attempt to avoid detection from the authorities and concerned loved ones. If you’re worried someone you care about is using drugs, pay attention to their behavior and their language, and get help if you have concerns.


DEA. (n.d.) Drug Fact Sheet.

MetLife Foundation. (2013). The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.

Posted on December 29th, 2016
Posted in Articles, Drug Abuse

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