The DEA Has Released This Year’s Drug Slang Handbook
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has updated its list of slang terms for 2018, with some amusing results. The July 2018 DEA Intelligence Report, entitled Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, is a handbook of slang words for drugs including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and more. It also lists jargon from drug culture including references to sales, smuggling, and interdiction.
The unclassified handbook is intended to be a reference for law 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,” according to the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS).
NDEWS, at 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,” according to its website. The organization is funded by the National Institue on Drug Abuse.
Lots of Words for Cannabis
The handbook offers plenty of nicknames for marijuana, the DEA’s official label for cannabis. The list of terms for marijuana