[Ads-l] DEA's compilation of "Drug Slang Code Words"

Bonnie Taylor-Blake b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 29 20:00:28 UTC 2017

The DEA has compiled a list of "Drug Slang Code Words."  The full list
(PDF) is at


-- Bonnie


Sex, dreck, and rock ‘n’ roll

The opioid crisis is a humanitarian disaster with many tragic consequences
— but like everything else in the world, it has its own lingo, specifically
drug euphemisms.

Such slang terms — ranging from “a-bomb” to “zapapote” in a list recently
released by the DEA Houston Division — are oddly matter-of-fact about how
illegal substances circulate and what they do to their consumers. Such
lists aren’t put together with the rigor of professional lexicographers, as
they’re simply intended to help law-enforcement officials make busts. But
they also offer a window into a depressing world for researchers.



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