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Xanax Street Names

Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a widely prescribed medication that is used to treat mild to severe anxiety. Like many benzodiazepines, Xanax street names are commonly used by people abusing the drugs in an effort to keep law enforcement and others misinformed or in the “dark” about the conversations that are taking place. According to the DEA, benzodiazepines such as Xanax are often referred to as “benzos” or “downers” but they can also be called a wide range of other terms too.

xanax bars

Many Xanax pills come in ‘bars’ and are referred to by that name.

Street Names Based on Appearance

Some of the street names that are most commonly used to discuss alprazolam or Xanax are related mainly to the appearance of the drug. The following terms can relate directly to the size, shape or color of Xanax pills:

  • Handlebars
  • Bars
  • Z-Bars
  • XaniBars
  • Footballs
  • Blue Footballs
  • Yellow Footballs
  • Peach Footballs
  • School Bus
  • Planks

Anytime you hear the name “bar” or “handlebar” or “Xanibar” the reference is to the 2mg pills that are commonly prescribed to patients with moderate to severe anxiety. These Xanax pills are long and slender in shape and can be broken down into smaller pieces that are about .5mg each.

Additional Xanax Street Names

Sometimes people will use less explicit street names when talking about Xanax. The most commonly used names that don’t actually refer necessarily to the color or shape of the drug include:

  • School Bus (though this probably refers to the yellowish color and long slender shape)
  • White boys (color is used in this but not so much shape)
  • Yellow Girls
  • Greenies (reference to the green color in time release Xanax pills that are usually triangular in shape)
  • Benzos
  • Upjohn (reference to the maker which was original Upjohn pharmaceutical but is not Pfizer)

Whether you’re a concerned caregiver, family member, spouse, or friend, it is important to have a strong understanding of the various names that can be used to talk about drugs. Users, teens and children especially but adults too, will do anything to mask the nature of their conversation in order to prevent others from knowing what is going on around them. If you are unaware of the terminology and street names that are being used to discuss drugs, you could be overlooking a serious problem that is occurring right in front of you.