Methadone is a legal prescription drug used to help diminish the severity of symptoms of withdrawal from drugs such as heroin. Often, users may become addicted to methadone because of its opiate properties. In some cases, an individual may resort to illegal ways of obtaining methadone in order to continue feeding the addiction.
Some common street names for methadone are as follows:
- Jungle Juice
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Side Effects of Methadone Abuse
Methadone abuse can lead to serious or life-threatening breathing problems. In addition, if methadone is taken with alcohol or any other drug, there is an increased risk of life-threatening side effects such as seizures, extreme drowsiness, hives, agitation and hallucinations.1 Please follow your doctor’s directions closely and carefully.
Some other side effects from Methadone use include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble sleeping
If you are currently experiencing any of these side effects, please contact your doctor. It is important to have open communication with medical professionals to stay safe.
Street Names for Drug-Related Activity
There are plenty of slang terms that pertain to drug use. Knowing some of them may help family members and friends determine if a loved one has a drug problem. Individuals who abuse methadone, as well as any other drug users, may mention the following terms regarding drug use:
- A-boot: Under the influence of drugs
- Agonies: Withdrawal symptoms
- Pharming: Consuming a mixture of prescription substances
- Tweak Mission: On a mission to find crack
- Paper Bag: Container for drugs
- Sam: Federal narcotics agent
- Author: Doctor who writes illegal prescriptions
- Honeymoon: Early stages of drug use before addiction
- Miss: To inject a drug
- Hype Stick: Hypodermic needle
- Piggybacking: Simultaneous injecting of two different drugs
Not all drug-related terms or nicknames are clear. For example, some of the nicknames for heroin include Aunt Hazel, Al Capone, Batman, Bart Simpson, Big Harry, Charley, Dooley, Dr. Feelgood, George, Harry, and Helen.3 While a few of these names have the letter “H” in them, many of them do not. For this reason, it is also important to keep an eye out for any strange behavior in your loved ones. If someone is acting differently, consistently having money problems, staying in isolation or exhibiting noticeable physical changes, these can be warning signs of a drug problem.
The Next Step
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to methadone, please know there is help available. Call the toll free number, 760-548-4032, to speak with one of our admissions coordinators about your treatment options or to get more information. Please do not assume the problem will get better on its own — get the help you need today.
1 “Methadone.” MedlinePlus.gov. Accessed 11 June 2018.
2 “Methadone Side Effects.” Drugs.com. Accessed 11 June 2018.
3 T., Buddy. “Slang Terms and Street Names For Illicit Drugs.” Verywellmind.com. Accessed 11 June 2018.