The DEA Has Released This Year’s Drug Slang Handbook

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has up to date its listing of slang phrases for 2018, with some amusing outcomes. The July 2018 DEA Intelligence Report, entitled Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, is a handbook of slang phrases for medicine together with hashish, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and extra. It additionally lists jargon from drug tradition together with references to gross sales, smuggling, and interdiction.

The unclassified handbook is meant to be a reference for regulation enforcement and is a lexicon of a “wide variety of controlled substances, designer drugs, synthetic compounds, measurements, locations, weapons, and other miscellaneous terms relevant to the drug trade,” in line with the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS).

NDEWS, on the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research, “monitors emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds,” in line with its web site. The group is funded by the National Institue on Drug Abuse.

Lots of Words for Cannabis

The handbook presents loads of nicknames for marijuana, the DEA’s official label for hashish. The listing of phrases for marijuana is longer than another entry within the report. Old standbys together with pot, weed, reefer, and herb nonetheless make the reduce. Some newer entries, reminiscent of smoochy woochy poochy, love nuggets, and bambalachacha, present creativity and wit. Brand new additions to the record of phrases for hashish embrace tigitty, Lucas, and satan’s lettuce.

Many of the phrases for marijuana that the DEA lists are nomenclature for hashish strains. Blue Dream, Cheese, Girls Scout Cookies, and Northern Lights all make the e-book.

The handbook additionally has a particular part for marijuana concentrates and hash oil. Budder, dabs, wax, and BHO carry over from final yr’s record. But the DEA has apparently simply turn into conscious of phrases like 710, extract, bubble hash, full soften, and rosin. They are listed as new for 2018. Interestingly, that is additionally the primary yr that edibles make the listing.

Synthetic cannabinoids are additionally within the new reference. Terms corresponding to spice and K2 are joined by pretend bake, jungle juice, and funky Buddha.

Names for Other Drugs Also Detailed

The new DEA reference additionally has slang for a lot of different medicine generally used recreationally within the United States. Entries embrace phrases for opiates like morphine, opium, oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl. Stimulants like crack, meth, cocaine, and amphetamines all have their very own record of monikers.

Hallucinogens corresponding to LSD, peyote, mescaline, and psilocybin mushrooms every have an inventory of synonyms. There are additionally entries for membership medicine like ecstasy, ketamine, and GHB. Terminology for medicine similar to PCP, khat, and steroids even have listings.

New List Dwarfs Last Year’s

At 125 pages, the DEA’s new drug thesaurus for 2018 dwarfs final yr’s version. The 2017 slang handbook was extra of a pamphlet, coming in at solely seven pages. Most of that improve is taken up by a brand new cross-referenced alphabetical record of the slang phrases. Previous editions solely contained lengthy lists of entries underneath the DEA’s authorized identify for every substance.

Although this yr’s handbook is longer, the DEA acknowledges that it will possibly by no means be complete. The information’s introduction warns that “due to the dynamics of the ever-changing drug scene, subsequent additions, deletions, and corrections are inevitable.”


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