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Fentanyl Street Names

It was just another normal party, your friend’s parents were out of town for the fifth time in two months, so these Friday night gatherings were becoming pretty regular. Normally 150 people show up from all different schools, and between the pool, the expansive patio, and the 4,500-square-foot condo, there was plenty of space. There was always an abundance of beer and liquor, as well as other choices. The glass bowl on the table always held an array of pills, all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Anyone who chose to could pick whatever fit their fancy.

fentanyl street names

You and your friend never really bothered with the pill bowl, but tonight was different. Some people showed up who had never been here before, and they immediately became the life of the party. They added a bag of pills to the bowl and everyone wanted one, including you and your friend. They just looked like candy, resembling Skittles. You take the pill and immediately feel relaxed, euphoric even. Your friend looks at you and smiles, then heads back to the party. After a few drinks, your head is swimming, and it’s becoming hard to keep your eyes open. Knowing where the bedrooms are, you head up to lie down for the night. Normally when you wake in the morning, the house is empty, but today, there are still people lying around everywhere. Some have blue lips and pale skin – are they alright? You see your friend on the phone, panic on their face. This can’t be good, and you question what was in those pills last night.

The Tampa Police Department has investigated 82 opioid-related deaths so far in 2023, putting them on track to exceed the 2022 investigations. Many of the deaths were linked to fentanyl. Clean Recovery Centers understands how scary these numbers can be and the fear you may have for your loved ones. Our program has a family component to help educate parents about addiction and what their loved one is going through. We encourage them to be a part of the recovery process and also heal themselves. Our blog is a free tool to provide knowledge to concerned teens and adults so they are up to date on the latest news. Today, we are discussing fentanyl street names.

What Are the Brand Names for Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid and is 100 times stronger than morphine. While fentanyl has a bad rep on the streets, it actually was designed for medical uses. Prescription fentanyl is typically used for cancer patients and comes in different forms. Atiq is a lozenge form of fentanyl for those who have a difficult time swallowing pills. Duragesic is a patch that is worn on the skin, and is intended for extended release over a longer period of time. Lazanda is a nasal spray for ease of administration. Sublimaze is an injection that is used for anesthetic purposes as opposed to pain management. These brand name forms of fentanyl are all regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have strict rules for prescribing. These are not typically seen on the streets.

What Are “Street Names” and Why Are They Used?

Street names are essentially a type of slang used for certain substances. They are meant to be like a code so that people – especially law enforcement – don’t know what is being referred to. What is dangerous about street names is that they are always changing, that way they can stay discrete. Street names have even found their way into texting slang using emojis. For example, a snowflake emoji can refer to cocaine or meth, while a tree can refer to marijuana. This makes the conversation seem more innocent than what is actually being said.

Some Common Slang Names for Fentanyl

Fentanyl has many different street or slang names, and they are changing often. China is often a common word associated with fentanyl because of the origin of the poppy plant, which is used to make morphine. Some other common fentanyl names include:

  • Apache
  • Murder 8
  • China girl
  • Friend
  • TNT
  • Tango and cash
  • Dance fever

Seeing some of these names wouldn’t necessarily raise a red flag if seen in a text conversation, they may just seem confusing. This is why it is important to always stay up to date on slang names for substances, whether you are a parent, teacher, or counselor.

Are There Street Names for Fentanyl Mixed With Other Drugs?

identifying fentanyl street namesThere are not a lot of street names for fentanyl mixed with other substances. This is because fentanyl is used as a cutting agent in many substances, and dealers do not want you to know that fentanyl was used in the first place. They can give you a stronger product to keep you coming back at a cheaper cost to themselves. If they were to disclose a substance such as cocaine was cut with fentanyl, people may be less likely to buy it.

This makes the substance market more dangerous, and is one of the reasons fentanyl overdoses are so high. Rainbow fentanyl has been circulating throughout the United States. This is where fentanyl has been pressed into pills and dyed colors such as green, blue, pink, purple, and yellow. The goal is to make the pills look fun and not harmful, when in reality, they are very potent opioids. Fentanyl powder is typically pressed into pills like oxycodone, which is already an opiate itself. By combining opioids together, the risk of an overdose increases exponentially. It is always best to have naloxone on hand if you are ever in a situation where substance use is involved. Fentanyl test strips can also come in handy for testing substances to see if fentanyl is present.

Why Should You Be Aware of Fentanyl Street Names?

Being aware of fentanyl street names has benefits for different situations. If you are using substances, knowing the names of fentanyl can help prevent an overdose. Hearing dealers or friends use these slang names when you know you are buying a different substance helps keep you aware of just what might be present in your cocaine or meth.

As parents and adults, knowing slang names for substances can help protect children and loved ones. If you see a text or overhear a conversation and understand there is talk of fentanyl or substances, you can be prepared to have a conversation. Confronting a loved one or child who may be using substances can seem scary, but in the end, it can save their life.

Recovering From Fentanyl Addiction in Tampa, Florida

Street fentanyl is one of the strongest opioids in existence, and as little as one dose can be enough to end a life. It may feel impossible to stop using now, but recovery from fentanyl addiction is possible and help is available. In treatment, you will learn the reasons behind your addiction, and address any mental health concerns that may be a contributing factor. Through developing healthy coping skills and surrounding yourself with like-minded peers, your recovery will be more fulfilling than fentanyl ever could have been.

Clean Recovery Centers is always available and ready to welcome you in. Our unique, three-phase approach to fentanyl addiction treatment touches all aspects of addiction: spiritual, mental, physical, and social. Together, we will work with you and customize your path to recovery for what suits your needs and goals. Call us today at (888) 330-2532 to learn more about our program offerings.


What is a common fentanyl trade name?

Common fentanyl trade names include Atiq, Duragesic, Lazanda, and Sublimaze.

What is the name of the fentanyl candy?

Atiq is the prescription form of fentanyl and comes in a lozenge or lollipop, which can resemble candy. Street fentanyl that comes in rainbow pills (rainbow fentanyl) or powders are also referred to as fentanyl candy due to their bright coloring.



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