warning “explicit lyrics” drugs are not “wrong” its the money tied to it… yet the “whole world worship money and “cannot imagine the world without money”….you are “satan” when you worship money…. kiss or lick each others feet… right…

when you treat me as an image and idol… “i am your crack”… an you expect to get high off.. me… etc.. you put “me” in your “mindpipe” and change your “reputation status” to “high as f*ck”… the more you “smoke that crack”..

i got crack(or just insert drug here) for sale……



political objective aside…

meaning.. i do not do … street drugs… or “any drugs..” meaning i do not use .. i do not sell… i do not affiliate with those that do… ..i do not… even.. “frequent” places where said “activities occur” yet…

i do frequent places all over town and in school and guess what..

“drugs are ubiquitous”..

if you desire to blame me for “being around them at any time> you are right…

they are literally everywhere… in schools… in the streets… in public places.. in private places… in parks in beaches.. in government buildings.. in “bars” in restaurants… in shopping malls…

were can i go… to get away from the culture and war… of drugs… etc…

but lets puts Political glasses on for a second… what if i am homeless or impoverished…coming from a poor and impoverished neighborhood even… am i “classified or “profiled” into a category”

what if i just happen to look like a social media projected way.. to look like “one of them”(similar feeling prolly if you looked like Micheal Jackson or someone famous”) then does that make it “right ” that “most” will be prejudiced” and profile you with full entitlement…” and feel justified in doing so..

lets say “just for communications sake” just to talk about” them people” you go ahead and “profile me in with them”

just to “discuss” “them”… then what happened to “our relationship…”

did it ever exist… or were you treating the living me.. in front of you “breathing with blood in them”… as a “dead thing” to manipulate like a computer or object… etc.. like an idol or image…etc…

is war.. and our culture set up .. to “objectify one another”…

okay lets say it is… then who can say something about it?

“those being objectified”

if those tthat say if you are objectified you have social permision to “objectify others” then…. who could stop….

does that sound like addiction… in that… who would choose to stop… when they could get away “socially” with objectifying those of lower “profiles” and know that they could not say anything about it… “socially”


there is a story about that….effect in the bible… in Sodom and in Egypt..

in Revelations they call it… “Sodom and Egypt”

do you see.. a object orientated loop… there… a “paradox”?

the cyberwar… is leading to total annihilation of all “relationships” and “flesh”…

yet the have not spent any time with you what soever… what do they call that…

let me guess… there are two types… right

one goes how unfortunate… and expresses it as such….

how unfortunate… yet love the money h\they have… that is as dirty form drug wars as the people who “fight ” in that war… etc..

you point your finger at those… you call unfortunate and say… you are to blame…. you dirty lowlifes… you rotten people…

etc… yet again i ask… how much of your money is going to “create” the very “environment” of “the unclean” thing you despise… meaning…

can you have a people that all worship money and claim they should be Godly with contentment… also…. etc… you cannot create both… its one or the other…

hypocrites… the whole world is watching you all… you are all completely exposed…


then there are those that look at the videos and go… old news… is see it everyday…. cant do anything about it… what are we to do… a desperate hopeless.. cry out… distress.. of I /we can do nothing about it cause … we are “swamped in it …its culture its slavery… our families… our communities…our whole lives…

which one are you….?

is how the media portrays “drug culture part of the problem of “them ” as being “sold” as “them”



It’s based on Sudhir Venkatesh‘s research, living in public projects and crackhouses for ten years, studying the daily life, the accounting, and other aspects of a gang in Chicago.

Overall such drug gangs could best be compared to McDonalds, in terms of organizational structure, wages, their basic franchising system, and other factors. The upper-most echelon even calls itself Board of Directors. J.T., Venkatesh’s guide throughout his studies, had a college degree and was a local leader of the Black Kings. A local leader would have an area of about four blocks under his control, and gets to use the brand/name of the gang and exclusive drug-selling rights for his territory.

Foot soldiers: $3.50 per hour
Local leader: $100,000 per year
Regional leader: $200,000 per year
Board of directors: $400,000 per year

Sounds ok, but:

Why is it still a horrible line of work to be in?
While the wages compare (on some levels) to that of a McDonalds employee, in the drug gang you’re getting shot at. Be aware that the following data was collected during a period of intense violence, but it’s still telling.
The death rate was 7% per person per year, and then there’s still the risk of getting wounded or arrested. For four years in the gang you have about 25% chance of dying. Other seemingly dangerous walks of life are much less risky: even on death row you have only 2% yearly risk of death. An American soldier in Iraq in 2006 had a death rate of about 1.5% per year.

Reasons why someone would still do it
Drug gangs used to be something young people did, and at some point in your life you got wealthy enough and dropped out. But the rules changed: the people leading the major gangs in Chicago at the end of the 1980s still ruled them when Venkatesh did his research. The leaders did great employer marketing, basically tricking young people into believing that the gang was a place for them to get rich.
Also, and more importantly, for young people growing up where this gang was active, the gang was one of the very few economic opportunities. Levitt says that in his view, despite all the negative factors, it seems like the best economic opportunity widely available for those young people. One in half a million (this number is pure speculation) may find his way into professional sports, and others may find low-wage jobs at legal companies. But for the most part, the drug gang is your best bet.

TL/DR: In conclusion, drug gangs very much work like any other company. But Levitt makes clear that it is capitalism unfettered of the rule of law: foot soldiers may get twice the hourly wage during a gang war, but because of a general lack of economical opportunities, they are for the most part bound to work for the gang.

More on this topic can be found in the book Venkatesh himself published about his ten years of study, called Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor. The third chapter of Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, is based on Venkatesh’s studies.


are specific personality traits associated with other areas of employment? For example are all mechanics the same? What about all Teachers? What is a personality trait by your definition? What are your expectations in setting this specific question? Do you wish to understand drug dealers to better identify them as an enforcement officer, is this a potential career option for you and you want to practice/ are you looking for labels to confirm a negative bias towards people who sell drugs?
Why do you assume people who sell drugs are in any way similar?

Most “drug dealers” are people who are trying to supplement their Income. And so it doesn’t fall into the “my profession indicates my personality or who I’m willing to become” trap. They can be your mailman , the dude cooking your hamburger, the dude that cuts your lawn, a pharmacist, the ex veteran, a police officer. Anyone. And with any personality, race, or economic background, just like an addict can have any occupation or personality.


The Art of the Drug Deal

Why you should care

Because all around you, duffel bags are changing hands.



I hate to provide a non-answer, but I think this question is far too general to be answered in a meaningful way. The profile of a drug dealer is incredibly variant, depending on geography, the particular drug(s) sold, socio-economic status, etc.

Are you talking about a white, mid-level cocaine smuggler in southern Florida?

Or are you talking about a 15-year-old black kid living in the inner-city and selling on a street corner?

Or are you talking about a middle-aged biker who cooks crank in an old barn?

A rural farmer who grows marijuana in the woods behind his house?

Every one of those people is a “drug dealer” but their lives and experiences have almost certainly been incredibly different from one another. They each have more in common with other non-drug dealers in their demographic/community than they do with one another.

media “sells it” “drug culture as “separate form the culture of “money” yet it is a “microcosm of it”… meaning… those in a drug “adciton” are “playing” out there relationship with money…



Speeding breathlessly down a mountain slope, world-renowned skier Chad Fleischer tells the camera, “I haven’t had a vacation, potato chip, or fast food in 2 ½ years. Do you think I’d ever mess with drugs?” He then proclaims, “Skiing is my anti-drug.”

The commercial is just one of several anti-drug ads featuring popular Olympians, the latest in a line of campaigns designed to convey the message that “drugs are not cool.”

These kinds of ad campaigns appear to be helping to keep kids off drugs, advocates say.

A recent survey conducted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, for instance, shows that a shrinking number of teens say rap or rock music makes drugs seem OK, just 42 percent in 2000, down from 51 percent in 1997.

As for television, 40 percent of teens in 2000 said programs make drugs seem OK, down from 44 percent in 1997.

But anti-drug advocates say America’s youth is still getting mixed messages about illegal substances from the media as a whole.

One example is a recent popular song about marijuana, “Because I Got High,” in which the singer mentions his many good intentions before deciding to get high instead.

These, and numerous other examples have parents and anti-drug advocates worried over the array of mixed messages the media are sending.

“Research we have done shows that television and music, and movies in particular, really normalize certain kinds of unhealthy behavior,” says Alan Levitt, director of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign in New York. “In the case of music, you’re listening to it over and over again.”

Movies, Television, and More

But the blame cannot be placed on one medium alone, advocates acknowledge.

“It’s pop culture, it’s the talk-show hosts that make light of drugs,” Levitt explains. “It’s also the mixed messages you get from movie stars and sports celebrities who beat somebody up or crash their car because they were under the influence or used drugs, and still make $20 million a year. If you go to some stores, you see marijuana T-shirts and jewelry.”


Katie And Corey Scam And Rob For Drug Money

its also sold as violent…and… abusive… yet again… it separates the “drug culture form “money culture”.. and blames… “drug culture”…etc…

no one ever question the money in it… why…?

websites that “explain drugs”… especially new drugs… have a hard time “explaining the money involved… in drug culture… cause simple the “data” doesn’t “exist ” yet… it takes time … and “balls” to “get the data” to make a “report”…etc… how can anyone… say they know… “something” etc.. when its all “3d of 3d person of 3d person …. hearsay….etc… and claim with authority… that… “its all bad”… that is prejudiced.. folks… where is the data… etc.. yes… anything you disrespect… food drugs.. nature… God… will kill you… but when you get money… involved… those in money… can hide and run behind it… and call “others”: the problem… cause “no one” has the “data”….etc…

that is called a pyramid scheme… etc… just like money itself… Know one “actually has the data”… it more then just making it up as you go.. but.. it doesn’t actually exist until “everyone involved… committed then.. denys its existence…

the fake it till you make it.. concept…

New and Designer Drugs

  1. Article SummaryPrint
  2. Designer Drugs from the 1990s to the 2000s
  3. Designer Drugs from 2010 to the Present
  4. Treatment

In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the agency tasked with regulating the use of controlled substances, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs with a potential for abuse under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).1 Additionally, illegal drugs fall under a number of regulations and laws that prevent their sale, distribution, and consumption within the country’s borders, according to the DEA’s mission and purpose.2

However, even with these laws in place, there are many ways to create and use drugs that get around the stated regulations. Since the DEA classifies drugs into schedules based on potential for abuse and dependency, in order for novel substances intended for human consumption to meet criteria for criminal prosecution, they must be proven as structurally or pharmacologically similar to an already-known dangerous, scheduled substance.3

And here is where designer drugs find their loophole.

Designer drugs—otherwise known as synthetic drugs, research drugs, or research chemicals—are manufactured to chemically resemble illicit drugs, but may be purchased legally because drug manufacturers constantly change the chemical structure to circumvent drug laws.4

Often marketed as herbal substances, designer drugs are not regulated by the law in many instances, and there is no oversight of the involved manufacturing processes.5 Two examples are bath salts and spice, as they are commonly known on the grey market.

Bath salts and spice are often abused for their cocaine- and marijuana-like effects, respectively, and both have been associated with fatalities.4 People who abuse designer synthetic drugs have suffered a number of negative health outcomes that include anxiety, seizures, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, and significant organ damage.5

The recent growth in the use of synthetic stimulants or hallucinogens is due to their ability to mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, MDMA, or methamphetamines. In fact, designer synthetic drugs are found to be more potent and dangerous than their street drug counterparts: One chemical derivative was found to act 50 times more strongly than cocaine, vastly increasing its potential for abuse and toxicity.4

Making them more dangerous is the fact that they are easily accessible in retail outlets and online, which has made them especially popular among adolescents.5 This has led to increasing numbers of designer drug–related E.R. visits.

A 2012 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed 11,406 emergency department visits due to a synthetic cannabinoid product during 2010.5 A year later, that number increased 2.5 times.5 A youth survey on drug-use trends found that 1 in 9 12th graders in the United States reported using synthetic cannabinoids in the previous year.6 It was found to be the second-most frequently used illegal drug among high school seniors after marijuana.6

Historically, there have been a number of examples of designer drugs. Some of the earliest forms of designer drugs were derivatives of opium. For example, heroin was a chemically modified version of the morphine alkaloid extracted from the opium poppy.7 Back then, lawmakers struggled to find a way to control the widespread use of these early synthetics. In the U.S., taxes were first levied in an attempt to curb opium use prior to the drug being proclaimed illegal by the federal government.8 Years later, the Controlled Substance Act was a way to consolidate several laws meant to control a number of these illicit drugs, providing a mechanism for substances to be added, removed, or transferred from one category to another.8

However, designer drugs have continued to evolve over the years, as their manufacturers strive to stay ahead of the enforcement agencies.

Designer Drugs from the 1990s to the 2000s

Due to the rapid growth of the internet and increased availability of designer drugs in the decade between the 1990s and early 2000s, booming sales emerged as a real threat.6 Variations of synthetic drugs rose quickly too.

Increasing the danger of designer drugs was the unpredictability of their contents, the chemical compositions of which were frequently altered to avoid government bans.6 In 2004, 10 people were arrested when the DEA completed Operation Web Tryp.11 The purpose of this operation was to identify and investigate the web-based sales of designer drug analogues marketed under the guise of “research chemicals.”

A total of 5 different sites were included in Operation Web Tryp,and two were linked to the deaths of customers, as well as 14 other non-fatal overdoses.11

During this time, designer drugs fell into several different categories, including opioids, dissociatives, stimulants, and hallucinogens. Especially popular in this decade were:

  • Ecstasy (stimulant and hallucinogen).12
  • Methamphetamine (stimulant).13
  • Tryptamine (psychoactive).14
  • Phenethylamine (psychoactive).14
  • Anabolic steroids (synthetic variation of testosterone).15
  • Heroin (opioid).16
  • Cocaine (stimulant).17

Since many of these drugs are not inherently synthetic, it was the designer variations on these drugs that gave rise to the serious problems of abuse and addiction in the U.S. at the time.

Designer Drugs from 2010 to the Present

With the increasingly ubiquitous internet and other instant methods of communication, designer drugs have expanded beyond opioids, hallucinogens, and steroids since the 2000s. And since these synthetic drugs have not been approved for human consumption or medical use, their long-term effects are unknown, yet potentially severe.5

Since 2009, law enforcement has encountered approximately 95 different synthetic cannabinoids being labeled and sold as legal alternatives to marijuana (which, in fact, they are not).18 Project Synergy was an operation conducted in 2012 across 35 states and several countries targeting synthetic drug trafficking organizations.5 That operation uncovered many cathinone (stimulants/hallucinogens) drugs, cannabinoid drugs, and treated plant material.5

Synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones are two of the main groups of chemicals in use since the early 2000s until now. Fifty-one new synthetic cannabinoids were identified in 2012, compared to only 2 in 2009, and out of this sharp increase in new designer drugs, the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act (SDAPA) was created to help control them.6 Some of these designer drugs not previously controlled are now classified as Schedule I substances under the Controlled Substances Act by the 2012 SDAPA law.18Common designer drugs in recent years include:6,18,19,20

  • “Spice” (synthetic marijuana)
  • Ecstasy (“Molly”—synthetic psychoactive drug similar to amphetamines and mescaline)
  • Bath salts (a lot of substance variability, but often contains one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone)
  • Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) (one of the chemicals found in bath salts)
  • Mephedrone (commonly found in bath salts)
  • Methylone (commonly found in bath salts)
  • 2C family (synthetic hallucinogens)
  • Krokodil (a less-expensive heroin substitute; like heroin, it is a synthetic morphine derivative)
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Designer drugs, while they fall into legal grey areas, can still profoundly and negatively impact the lives of those abusing them. Treatment approaches designed to address more commonly known substance abuse issues can be applied effectively to a number of designer drug abuse situations.

As such, those suffering from new designer drug addictions can work the steps of detoxification, behavioral counseling, medication, and long-term follow-up care to both get clean and learn how to prevent relapse.21 Commonly, drug treatment programs are offered in both inpatient and outpatient settings, which incorporate individual and group counseling, as well as medication management, as needed.21

Professional supervision by experienced clinicians is especially important in treating designer drug addiction since the unknown variations in the drugs themselves may create unanticipated withdrawal effects. Having seasoned addictions medical and mental health professionals present can reduce the chances of further complications.

Getting the right help is essential if you or someone you know abuses or is addicted to a designer drug. Please call our treatment placement advisors at 1-888-991-2909 today—someone is available to talk with you at any time to discuss your treatment options.


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  5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (2013). Updated Results From DEA’s Largest-Ever Global Synthetic Drug Takedown Yesterday.
  6. Office of National Drug Control Policy. (n.d.) Synthetic Drugs (a.k.a. K2, Spice, Bath Salts, etc.).
  7. Drug Enforcement Administration Museum & Visitors Center. (n.d.) Cannabis, Coca & Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants.
  8. The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment. (2013). Laws: Learn about the laws concerning opioids from the 1800s until today.
  9. Center for Substance Abuse Research. (2013). Phencyclidine (PCP).
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  11. U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (2004). DEA Announces Arrests of Website Operators Selling Illegal Designer Drugs.
  12. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly).
  13. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). DrugFacts: Methamphetamine.
  14. Sanders, B., Lankenau S.E., Jackson Bloom, J. & Hathazi, D. (2008). “Research Chemicals”: Tryptamine and Phenethylamine Use Among High-Risk Youth. Substance Use and Misuse, 43(3-4), 389–402.
  15. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: Anabolic Steroids.
  16. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). DrugFacts: Heroin.
  17. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: Cocaine.
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  19. Syracuse University. (2013). Synthetic Drug Fact Sheet.
  20. Drug Enforcement Administration. (2013). Final Rule: Establishment of Drug Codes for 26 Substances.
  21. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction


A – LSD; amphetamine

A-Bomb – Marijuana joint with heroin or opium; cigarette that contains heroin or marijuana

Abe – $5 worth of drugs

Abe’s Cabe – $5 bill

Abandominiums – Abandoned row houses where drugs are used.

Abolic – Veterinary steroid

Acapulco Gold – Very potent strain of marijuana from Acapulco, Mexico; marijuana

Acapulco Red – Marijuana

Ace – Marijuana cigarette; PCP

Acid – LSD

Acid Head – User of LSD; “Acid Freak”

Adam – Ecstasy; MDMA

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) and MDEA combo; MBDB

Afgani Indica – Marijuana

African– Marijuana

African Black – Marijuana

African Bush – Marijuana

African Salad – Catha edulis a.k.a. bushman’s tea, gat, kat, khat, miraa, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

African Woodbine – Marijuana cigarette

Aftershock – 40% whiskey crystals, you eat them

Agonies – Withdrawal symptoms

Aimies – Amphetamine; amyl nitrite

AIP – Heroin from Afghanistan, Iran,and Pakistan

Air Blast – Inhalant

Airhead – Marijuana user; under the influence of marijuana

Airplane – Marijuana

Alcohol – Booze, brews, hard stuff, hooch, juice, sauce

Alice B. Toklas – A woman known for her use of marijuana as an ingredient in her brownie recipe; marijuana-laced brownie

All-American – Cocaine

All Lit Up – Under the influence of drugs

All Star – User of multiple drugs

Alley Juice – Very cheap wine, “Grapes”

Alpha-ET – Alpha-ethltyptamine

Ames – Amphetamine

Amidone – Methadone

Amoeba – PCP

Amp – Amphetamine; marijuana dipped in formaldehyde or embalming fluid, sometimes laced with PCP and smoked also known as illym leek, crazy Eddie, wet, purple rain

Amped – High

Amp Joint – Marijuana cigarette lacedwith some form of narcotic

Amped-Out – Fatigue after using amphetamines, methamphetamines

Amphetamines – Designer stimulant drugs; also known as A, aimies, ames, amp, beans, bennies, bens, benz, black beauties, black birds, black bombers, black hollies, black mollies, blue boy, cartwheels, Christmas tree, crank, crystal, dexies, football, ice, lip poppers, meth, methamphetamine, methcathinone, snow, snow pallets, speed, star, uppers, west coast turnarounds, 357 magnums

Amping – Accelerated heartbeat caused by drug use

Amy – Inhalants

Amytal – Barbiturate; depressant

Anadrol – Oral steroid

Anatrofin – Injectable steroid

Anavar – Oral steroid

ANDRO – Androsteindione

Androsteindione – Testosterone-boosting “nutritional supplement, made famous by baseball player Mark McGuire, ANDRO

Angel – Phencyclidine or PCP

Angel Dust – PCP

Angel Hair – PCP

Angel Mist – PCP

Angie – Cocaine

Angola – Marijuana

Animal – LSD

Animal Trank – PCP

Animal Tranquilizer – PCP

Antifreeze – Heroin

Apple Jacks – Crack Cocaine

Are You Anywhere? – Do you use marijuana?

Aries – Heroin

Aroma of Men – Isobutyl nitrite

Artillery – Equipment for shooting drugs

Ashes – Marijuana

Ash Catcher – Allows smoke to be double-filtered when attached to the stem of a standing waterpipe and keeps the waterpipe free of debris.

Assassin Of Youth – Marijuana

Astro Turf – Marijuana

Atom Bomb – Marijuana mixed with heroin

Atshitshi – Marijuana

Aunt Hazel – Heroin

Aunt Mary – Marijuana

Aunt Nora – Cocaine

Aunti – Opium

Aunti Emma – Opium

Aurora Borealis – PCP

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B – Amount of marijuana to fill a matchbox

B-40 – Cigar laced with marijuana and dipped in malt liquor

BC Bud – Marijuana from British Columbia; synonymous with any high-grade marijuana from Canada

BDMPEA – (2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-ethylamine), nexus, venus, bromo, spectrum, toonies, MFT

B.J.’s – Crack cocaine

Babe – Drug used for detoxification

Baby – Marijuana

Baby T – Crack Cocaine

Baby Bhang – Marijuana

Baby Habit – Occasional use of drugs

Baby Sit – To “guide” someone through a first drug experience

Baby Slits – MDMA

Baby T – Crack

Babysitter– Marijuana

Back To Back – Smoking crack afterinjecting heroin or using heroin after smoking crack

Backbreakers – LSD and strychnine

Back Door – Residue left in a pipe

Backjack – Injecting opium

Backtrack – Letting blood back up into a syringe to ensure the needle’s in a vein

Backup – Prepare vein for injection

Backwards – Depressant

Bad Bundle – Inferior quality heroin

Bad Trip – Unpleasant LSD experience; unpleasant episode with a hallucinogen

Bad – Crack

Bad Go – Bad reaction to a drug

Bad Seed – Peyote, heroin, marijuana, marijuana combined with peyote

Bag – Packet of drugs, usually a standard amount for sale; container for drugs; a package of drugs, usually marijuana or heroin; a person’s favorite drug

Bagboy – Someone who sells dope for someone else

Bag Bride – Drug-using prostitute

Bag Man – Person who transports money

Bagging – Using inhalants

Baked – High (stoned) on marijuana

Baker– Person who smokes marijuana

Bale – Marijuana

Ball – Crack

Balling – Vaginally implanted cocaine

Balloon – Heroin supplier; container for drugs

Ballot – Heroin

Bam – Methamphetamine

Bamba– Marijuana

Bambalacha – Marijuana

Bammies– A poor quality of marijuana

Bammy– Marijuana

Banano – Marijuana joint laced with cocaine

Bang – To inject a drug; narcotics; inhalants

Bar – Marijuana

Barbs – Barbiturates; downers, reds

Bar Crawl – Going to several barsin a row drinking; encouraging intoxication in groups

Barrels – LSD

Base – Cocaine

Baseball – Crack Cocaine

Bash – Marijuana

Basuco – Cocaine; cocaine paste residue sprinkled on marijuana or tobacco cigarettes

Bat – Can be used as a cigarette holder or as a small tube pipe (See Chillum)

Bathtub Crank – Poor quality methamphetamine; methamphetamine produced in bathtubs

Bathtub Speed – Methcathinone (See Cat)

Battery Acid – LSD, GHB

Batu – Methamphetamine

Bazooka – Cocaine; crack; combination of crack and marijuana; crack and tobacco combined in a joint; coca paste and marijuana

B-Bombs – Methamphetamine

Beam (Beem)-Cocaine; Crack

Beamer (Beemers) – Crack user

Bean(s) – Capsules for drugs; MDMA, amphetamines

Beat – To cheat someone

Beasties– Huge marijuana buds, the flowering part of the plant, which contains the most THC

Bebe – Crack

Bedbugs – Fellow addicts

Beedies– Cigarettes from India (resemble marijuana joints/vehicle for other drugs)

Beer Bong (Hose Monster)- Funnel with hose attached, used to drink large amounts of alcohol quickly; considered a drinking game

Belted – Under the influence of a drug; intoxicated

Belushi  Using cocaine and heroin

Belyando Spruce – Marijuana

Bender – Drug party

Bennies, Bens, Benz – Benzedrine; “peaches”, amphetamines, methamphetamines

Benzedrine – Type of amphetamine, bennies, bens, benz

Bernie – Cocaine

Bhang– Marijuana, Indian term

Big C – Cocaine

Big Chief – Mescaline

Big D – Slang for LSD

Big H – Heroin

Big Man – Supplier of drugs

Big O – Opium

Biker’s Coffee – Metamphetamine

Bin Laden – Heroin (after September 11)

Bindle – A small packet of drug powder, often heroin, wrapped in tin foil

Bing – Enough of a drug for one dose

Bingo – To inject a drug

Biphetamine – Type of amphetamine

Birthday Crawl – Birthday person gets free drinks as he/she goes from bar to bar with a group; encourages intoxication; drinking game

Biscuits – MDMA

Bite One’s Lips – To smoke marijuana

Black – Opium; marijuana; methamphetamine

Black and White – Methamphetamine

Black Acid – LSD; LSD with PCP

Black Bart – Marijuana

Black Beauties – Amphetamines, methamphetamine

Black Birds – Amphetamines, methamphetamine

Black Bombers – Amphetamines, methamphetamine

Black Cadillacs – Methamphetamine

Black Ganga – Marijuana resin

Black Gold – Potent marijuana

Black Gungi – Marijuana from India

BlackGunion – Marijuana

Black Hash – Opium and hashish

Black Hollies – Amphetamines, methamphetamine

Black Mo/Black Moat – Highly potent marijuana

Black Mollies – Amphetamines, methamphetamine

Black Mote – Marijuana mixed with honey

Black Out – Loss of memory for events occurring while heavily intoxicated with alcohol, other sedative/hypnotic drugs

Black Pearl – Heroin

Black Pill – Opium pill

Black Rock – Crack cocaine

Black Russian – Very potent hashish mixed with opium

Black Star – LSD

Black Tabs – LSD

Black Tar – Heroin

Black Whack – PCP

Blackout – The practice of cutting off oxygen in an effort to attain a drug-like high; also known as flatliner, space monkey

Blanca – Cocaine

Blanco – Heroin

Blanket – Marijuana cigarette

Blanks – Low-quality drugs

Blast – Cocaine, to smoke marijuana or crack; marijuana

Blast A Joint – To smoke marijuana

Blast A Roach – To smoke marijuana

Blast A Stick – To smoke marijuana

Blasted – High /intoxicated on drugs; under the influence of drugs

Blaxing – Smoking marijuana

Blaze – Marijuana

Blazin‘- Smoking marijuana

Blizzard – Cocaine

Block – Marijuana

Blond – Marijuana

Blotter – LSD

Blotter Acid – LSD

Blotter Cube – LSD

Blow – Smoke marijuana; snort, sniff or smoke cocaine; to inject heroin

Blow A Stick – To smoke marijuana

Blow Blue – To inhale cocaine

Blow Boost – To inhale cocaine

Blow Coke – To inhale cocaine

Blow One’s Roof – Smoke marijuana

Blowing Smoke – Marijuana

Blue Acid – LSD

Blue Angels – Depressants

Blue Belly – Methamphetamine

Blue Birds – Depressants

Blue Boy – Amphetamine

Blue Chairs – LSD

Blue Cheers – LSD

Blue de Hue – Marijuana from Vietnam

Blue Devils – Amobarbital

Blue Heaven – LSD

Blue Microdot – LSD

Blue Mist – LSD

Blue Moons – LSD

Blue Nitro – Dietary supplement containing GBI (Gamma Butyrolactone) similar to GHB

Blue Sage – Marijuana

Blue Sky Blond – Potent marijuanafrom Columbia

Blue Velvet – combination of elixir terpin hydrate with codeine and tripelennamine used as weak heroin substitute; combination of paregoric and PBZ (pyribenzamine or tripelennamine) used as weak heroin substitute

Blues – Valium

Blunts – Extra large marijuana cigarette because it is made from the hollowed out wrapper of a cigar. A commercial product, “Blunt Wraps,” is being marketed on the Internet now for people to roll their own “cigars” without having to hollow-out the original cigar. Marijuana; cocaine and marijuana inside a cigar

Boat – PCP

Bo – Marijuana

Bobo – Marijuana

Bobo Bush – Marijuana

Bogart A Joint – Salivate on a marijuana cigarette; refuse to share

Bohd – Marijuana; PCP

Bolasterone – Injectable steroid

Bolivian Marching Powder – Cocaine

Bolo – Crack

Bolt – Inhalants; isobutyl nitrite

Bomb – Crack; heroin; large marijuana cigarette; high potency heroin

Bombed Out – Intoxicated by narcotics or other drugs

Bomber – Marijuana cigarette

Bombita – Mixture of cocaine and heroin

Bone – Marijuana; $50 piece of crack; high purity heroin

Bong – A cylindrical water pipe for smoking narcotics, especially marijuana

Boo – Marijuana; methamphetamine

Boo Boo Bama – Marijuana

Boom- Marijuana

Boomers – LSD

Boost – To steal

Boot the gong – To smoke marijuana

Booze – Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor)

Boppers – Inhalants

Bread – Money; cash

Brews – Alcohol

Brick – A kilogram (2.2lbs.) of tightly compacted marijuana; hashish; crack cocaine; cocaine

Bring Down – Come off a drug

Broccoli – Marijuana

Broker – Go between for a drug deal

Bromo – (2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-ethylamine), nexus, venus, spectrum, BDMPEA, toonies, MFT

Browns – Methamphetamine; marijuana; heroin

Bubble Gum – Cocaine; crack cocaine; marijuana from Tennessee

Bubbler – A hand-held waterpipe

Buda, Buddha-Marijuana; a high grade joint filled with crack or opium; potent marijuana spiked with opium or crack

Buds – Marijuana

Bullyon – Marijuana

Bummer – Bad experience with drugs

Bumblebees – Type of amphetamine

Bump – Ketamine; a small amount of powder to be inhaled

Bundle – Multiple bags of a drug

Bunk – Low quality marijuana; illegal/illicit chemicals cut to such an extreme that their effect is severely reduced.

Burn – Cheated by a pusher

Burn One – To smoke marijuana

Burn Out – A state of apathy and deadened perceptions which can result from habitual use of marijuana

Burned – Purchase non-genuine drugs

Burnie – Marijuana

Burnout – Heavy user of drugs

Bush – Marijuana; cocaine; PCP

Bushman’s Tea – Catha edulis a.k.a. African salad,  gat, kat, khat, miraa, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Busted – Arrested on a drug-related charge

Butane – Common substance sometimes used as an inhalant

Butter – Marijuana; crack

Butter Flower – Marijuana

Buttons – Peyote or mushrooms; mescaline

Butts – Tobacco

Buy – Purchase drugs

Buzz – Teen drinking game; must drink when you miss the cue; under the influence of drugs; drug-induced euphoria or high

Buzz Bomb – Nitrous oxide, laughing gas, whippets, inhalant

Buzzed – Marijuana intoxication

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C.S. – Marijuana

Cactus – Mescaline or Peyote

California Cornflakes – Cocaine

Cam Trip – High potency marijuana

Cambodian Red/Cam Red – Marijuana from Cambodia

Can – Marijuana; one ounce

Canade – Heroin/marijuana combination

Canadian Black – Marijuana

Canamo – Marijuana

Canappa – Marijuana

Cancelled Stick – Marijuana cigarette

Candy – Barbiturates; cocaine; MDMA

Candy Blunt – A blunt dipped in cough syrup

Candyflip – LSD and MDMA

Candy Flipping – Using more than one drug at a time

Candy Man – Drug supplier

CandyRaver – Young RAVER who wears candy jewelry, may use LSD and MDMA in combo

Canework – The process of adding decoration to glassware by melting a slender rod of colored glass with a hand-held torch directly onto the exterior of a finished piece.

Cannabis – Cannabis Indica is the scientific name for the Indian hemp plant while Cannabis Sativa is another species of marijuana, closely related to Indica.

Cannabis Tea – Marijuana

Caps – Drug capsules

Carmabis – Marijuana

Cartucho (Spanish) – Package of marijuana cigarettes

Cartwheels – Amphetamines

Cat – Designer drug called cathin, cathinone, or methcathinone; easily made recipes are on Internet; similar to methamphetamines in chemistry, effects on bodies, and risks to children, bathtub speed

Cat Valium – Ketamine

Catnip – Marijuana cigarette

Catha edulis – Also known as african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, khat, miraa, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Caviar or Cavvies – Crack or powdered cocaine in a tobacco cigarette; combination of cocaine and marijuana; crack cocaine

Cavite All Star – Marijuana

Cecil – Cocaine

Cest – Marijuana

Chalk – Methamphetamine

Champagne and Caviar – Cocaine and marijuana

Charas – Marijuana from India

Charge – Marijuana

Charged Up – Under the influence of drugs

Chase – To smoke cocaine; to smoke marijuana

Chasing the Dragon – A particular way of inhaling heroin or cocaine heated on tin foil over a flame; also crack and heroin

Chat – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, miraa, qat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act

Cheeba – Marijuana

Cheeo – Marijuana

Cheers – LSD

Chemo – Marijuana

Cherry Meth – GHB

Chiba – Chiba – A black Brazilian form of reefer, usually gummy and compressed into bricks; high potency marijuana from Colombia

Chicago Black – Marijuana, term from Chicago

Chicago Green – Marijuana

Chicken Powder – Methamphetamine

Chiefing – To smoke marijuana

Chill Room – A room at a RAVE you pay to go to in order to cool off or come down from a high

Chillum – A funnel-shaped pipe of Persian origin, in which smoking matter is placed at one end and lit while the smoker inhales one the other end  (See Bat); used to smoke opium, hashish, and marijuana

China White – A very pure white heroin

Chipping – Occasional use of drugs

Chips – Tobacco or marijuana cigarettes laced with PCP

Chocolate – Marijuana, opium, amphetamine

Chocolate Ecstasy – Crack made brown by adding chocolate milk powder during production

Chippy – Person who uses drugs infrequently

Chira – Marijuana

Chocolate Thai – Marijuana

Choke Trance – Deadly game cutting off oxygen to produce high similar to inhaling. Also called “the game” or “pass out”

Christina – Methamphetamine

Christmas Bud – Marijuana

Christmas Rolls – Depressants

Christmas Tree – Marijuana; amphetamine; depressant; methamphetamine

Christmas Tree Meth – Green methamphetamine produced using Drano crystals

Chronic – Marijuana; hip-hop term for potent marijuana; marijuana laced with crack

Chug It – Teen board drinking game; promotes intoxication

Chugging – Drinking alcohol quickly without stopping or taking a breath; a drinking game

Chunky – Marijuana

Churus – Marijuana


Circles – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug;flunitrazepam, forget-me pills, mexican valuim, rib, roach-2, roaches, roche, roofies, roopies, rope, rophies, ropies, ruffies

Citrol – High potency marijuana from Nepal

Clam Bake – Sitting inside a car or other small, enclose space and smoking marijuana

Clean – Drug free; not having drugs in one’s possession

Clicker – A joint dipped in formaldehyde and smoked; crack mixed with PCP

Clickums – A marijuana cigarette laced with PCP

Climax – Butyl nitrite; inhalant

Climb – Marijuana cigarette

Cloud – Crack Cocaine

Club Drugs – Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, a depressant drug, no smell, salty taste, date rape drug, powder or liquid form.  Also known as battery acid, cherry meth, date rape drug, easy lay, everclear, fantasy, G, Georgia Home Boy, GHB, goop, Grievous Bodily Harm, jib, kit kat, liquid ecstasy, liquid G, liquid X, organic Quaalude, roofies, roopies, rope, rophies, ropies, ruffies, salty war, salty water, scoop, sleep 500, soap, Special K, Vita G, zonked

Coasting – Being high on drugs; under the influence of drugs

Cocaine – All American, Angie, Aunt Nora, base, basuco, bazooka, beam, Bernie, Big C, black rock, Blanca, blast, blizzard, blow, bobo, Bolivian Marching Powder, booth, California cornflakes, candy, Cecil, crack, coke, cola, divits, dust, foo foo, happy dust, happy trails, heaven, hooter, ice, icing, ivory flakes, king, lace, lady, leaf, lines, mobbeles, nose candy, pearl, powder, railers, ringer, rocks, sleigh ride, sneeze, snort, snow, snow bird, snowcones, snow white, soda, toot, white dust, yahoo, yale, yam, yao, yay, yayoo, yeah-o, yeaho, yeyo (spanish), zip

Cocaine User – Snow bird

Cochornis – Marijuana

Cocktail – Combination of crack and marijuana; cigarette laced with cocaine or crack; partially smoked marijuana cigarette inserted in regular cigarette; to smoke cocaine in a cigarette; marijuana and tobacco cigarette

Colas – Marijuana

Cold Turkey – Sudden withdrawal from drugs

Coli – Marijuana

Coliflor tostao (Spanish) – Marijuana

Cocoa Puff – To smoke cocaine and marijuana

Coke– Cocaine

Coke Broke – Financially incapacitated from supporting cocaine habit

Cold Turkey – Sudden withdrawal from drugs

Colombia – Marijuana

Colombian– Potent strain of marijuana

Colombo – Marijuana grown in Columbia

Colorado Cocktail – Marijuana

Columbus Black – Marijuana

Come Down – The ending of a drug experience

Connect – To purchase drugs

Connection – Supplier of drugs

Cooker – Usually a spoon or bottle cap used to heat drugs for injection, person who cooks meth or designer drugs

Cop – To obtain drugs

Co-Pilots – Type of amphetamine

Cop Out – To evade an issue

Coricidin – Magic Skittles, Red Devils, Triple C, Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets containing a powerful dose of dextromethorphan, a substance related to morphine

Cosa (Spanish) – Marijuana

Cotton Shooter – Desperate addict who injects the residue from cotton used to filter heroin

Crack – Cocaine prepared for smoking, in chunk or rock form, Baby T, bad, ball, bazooka, beam, bebe, black rock, bolo, “the devil”, geek, I am back, ice cube, issues, snow coke, yahoo, yale, yam, yay, yayoo, yeah-o, yeaho, yimyom

Crack Back – Marijuana and crack

Crack Bash – Combination of crack cocaine and marijuana

Crack Cocaine – Apple jacks, B.J.s, Baby T, baseball, cloud, dip, glow, hardline, kryptonite, paste, yahoo, yale, yam, yay, yayoo, yeah-o, yeaho, yimyom

Cracker – Metal, brass or plastic device used to puncture Whip-its and fill balloons with nitrous oxide

Crank – Amphetamine, heroin, methamphetamine, methcathinone

Crank Craters – Facial sores caused by meth

Crash – To sleep off the effects of drugs; to come down off a drug very quickly

Crazy Flip – Ecstasy + LSD + cocaine + xanex + Crown Royal + pot

Crazy Weed – Marjiuana

Crink – Methamphetamine

Cripple – Marijuana cigarette

Crisscrossing – To set up a “line” of powder cocaine next to a line of heroin

Cristy – Methamphetamine

Crying Weed – Marijuana

Crypto – Methamphetamine

Cryppie – Marijuana

Cryptonie – Marijuana

Crystal – Amphetamines, methamphetamine, PCP

Cubes – Marijuana tablets; crack cocaine

Culican – High potency marijuana from Mexico

Cut – To adulterate, dilute drugs

Cut Out – To leave from someplace

Cylert – Type of stimulant drug

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Dagga (Dajja) – South African word for strong marijuana

Dank – Street name for marijuana, marijuana laced with formaldehyde, potent marijuana, flunitrazepam; refers to “high quality” marijuana

Date Rape Drug – flunitrazepam, GHB

Dealer – A seller of illegal drugs

Death – Street name for PMA

Deck – A packet of drugs

Decriminalization– Process of reducing penalties for personal use of marijuana from prison sentences to civil fines.

Depressants – Christmas rolls, Christmas tree, peanut, yellow, yellow bullets, yellow jackets

Designer Drug – Synthetic drug chemically altered and designed to circumvent drug laws

“The Devil” – Crack

Dew – Marijuana

Dex – Methamphetamine

Dexies – Dexadrine,  “dex”, amphetamine

Dextromethorphan – DXM (commonly  extracted from Robitussin DM); Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets containing a powerful dose of dextromethorphan, a substance related to morphine; many DXM containing products also contain other active ingredients which can be dangerous or even fatal in high doses. Also known as Dex, Magic Skittles, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Triple C, Tussin, Vitamin D. DXM abuse is called “Robotripping” or “Tussing.” Users might be called “syrup heads” or “robotards.”

Diablito(Spanish) – Combination of crack cocaine and marijuana in a joint.

Diamonds – Methamphetamine

Didrex – Type of stimulant drug

Diet Pills – Methamphetamine

Dime– a quantity of drugs which sells on the streets for $10

Dime Bag – $10 worth of drugs

Dip – Marijuana joints dipped in PCP

Dipped Joints – Marijuana combined with PCP and formaldehyde

Dirt – Heroin

Dirt Grass – Inferior quality marijuana

Dirties – Marijuana cigarettes with powder cocaine added to them

Dirty Joints – Combination of crack cocaine and marijuana

Dollies – Methadone

Domestic – Locally grown marijuana

Don Juan – Marijuana

Donk – Marijuana/PCP combination

Doobage– Used when referrinf to rolling a joint, smoking, or otherwise getting high

Doobie – Marijuana cigarette, usually larger than a joint, the term is said to have originated from the baby boomer generation kid’s show Romper Room, where the good children were called the “Do-Bees.”

Dope – A general term for drugs of abuse; marijuana; heroin; any other drug

Dope Smoke – To smoke marijuana

Doses – LSD

Dots – LSD

Double Stack – MDMA tab, double thickness

Downs/Downers – Depressants such as barbiturates, tranquilizers, barbs

DMT – Strong hallucinogen designer drug, orange powder, often smoked in pipe

Doughnut – A hole, usually in the stem of a pipe, allowing smoke to split and pass through two passageways

Draf – Marijuana; ecstasy, with cocaine

Dried Out – Having gone through a withdrawal program for drugs or alcohol

Drop – To take a drug orally; a place where money or drugs are left

Druggie – A narcotic user or addict

Drunk and Disorderly – A person is drunk and acting up (out of control, yelling, etc.)  It is a crime in many states

Drunk Pills – Valium

D.U.I. – Driving under the influence

Dummy Dust – PCP

Dust – Cocaine, Heroin, PCP,  narcotics in powder form; marijuana mixed with various chemicals; cocaine; heroin; PCP

Dust Blunt – A joint with PCP and marijuana

Duster – Cigarette made of tobacco, mint leaves, marijuana, or parsley sprinkled with phencyclidine (PCP) also know as Angel Dust

Dusting – Adding PCP, heroin or another drug to marijuana

D.W.I. – Driving while intoxicated

DXM – dextromethorphan (commonly  extracted from Robitussin DM); Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets containing a powerful dose of dextromethorphan, a substance related to morphine; many DXM containing products also contain other active ingredients which can be dangerous or even fatal in high doses. Also known as Dex, Magic Skittles, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Triple C, Tussin, Vitamin D. DXM abuse is called “Robotripping” or “Tussing.” Users might be called “syrup heads” or “robotards.”

Dynamite – High quality, potent drugs

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E – Ecstasy, MDMA

E-Bombs – MDMA

E-Puddle – Sleeping or crashed out on the floor due to MDMA use/exhaustion

E-Tard – Person under the influence of MDMA who irritates others by hugging everybody

Easy Lay – GHB

Easy Score – Obtaining drugs without difficulty

Ebos – Ecstasy

Ecstasy (or Ecstacy) – 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, MDMA, (methylenedioxymethamphetamine); designer drug with long-lasting high associated often with RAVE parties; Adam, Armanis, Beans, blue lips, blue kisses decadence, disco biscuits, doctor, E, Ebos, essence, Eve, ex, extasy, green nips, Kleenex, herbal bliss, hug drug, love drug, lovers’ speed, rib, Scooby snacks, shabu, sweetarts, tulips, X, X’ing, XTC, wafers, white octagons

Eden – MBDB, methyl-J

Eightball – Eighth of an ounce/gram = 3.5 grams (dealer absorbs the .34952 grams)

Eighth – One-eighth of a pound of drugs; a ratio, 1:8

EKG – Ketamine

Elbow – A pound of pot

El Diablito (Spanish) – Cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and PCP

El Diablo (Spanish) – Cocaine, marijuana, and heroin

Elephant – PCP; marijuana

Elephant Flipping – PCP and MDMA

Embalming Fluid – PCP

Ethyl Alcohol/Ethanol – A liquid from fermentation of sugars and starches and used as a solvent in drugs and in intoxicating beverages

Euphoria – 4-methyl-aminorex; also known as U-4-E-uh or ice

Eve – Ecstasy, MDMA, MDEA, 3,4-methylenedioxy-ethamphetamine

Everclear – A 90% alcohol concoction, GHB

Ex – Ecstasy; MDMA

Experience – Trip on LSD

Extasy – Ecstasy; MDMA

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Factory – Place where illicit drugs are diluted, packaged,  manufactured and/or  prepared for sale

Fall – Arrested

Fantasy – GHB

Feed Bag – Container for marijuana

Feds – Federal Agents

Fermentation – Yeast acting on sugar and starches in fruits and/or grain producing alcohol

Fiend – Someone who smokes marijuana alone

Finger – Stick-shaped piece of hashish; marijuana cigarette

Fire – Methamphetamine

Fire It Up – To smoke marijuana

Fishin’ Out – Fall on the floor from a GHB, meth or ecstasy overdose and flop around; a seizure or convulsion

Fives – Methamphetamine

Fix – An injection of drugs

Flake – Cocaine

Flashback – Recurrence of hallucinations

Flatliners – MTA (4-methylthioamphetamine); the practice of cutting off oxygen in an effort to attain a drug-like high; also known as blackout, space monkey

Flea Powder – Poor quality drugs

Flip Out – Become psychotic or irrational

Flowing – Rave dance style

Flunitrazepam – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, forget-me pills, mexican valuim, rib, roach-2, roaches, roche, roofies, roopies, rope, rophies, ropies, ruffies

Fly Mexican Airlines – To smoke marijuana

Flying – Under the influence of drugs

Foo Foo – Cocaine

Football – Amphetamine

(The) Forget Pill – Rohypnol, circles, flunitrazepam

Forty – A forty-ounce bottle of beer or malt liquor (considered a single serving)

Freak Out – A bad trip; an unexpected reaction to a drug

Free Till You Pee – Bar specials until the first person has to use the restroom, encourages intoxication

Free Base – Smoking cocaine from a special water pipe

Freeze – To renege on a drug transaction

Fresh/Phat – Having a good supply of marijuana

Frios (Spanish) – Marijuana laced with PCP

Frisco Speedball – Cocaine, heroin, and LSD

Frogs – LSD

Front – To put money out before receiving the merchandise

Fry – Marijuana cigarettes dipped in embalming fluid, sometimes also laced with PCP, crack cocaine.

Fry Daddy – Crack and marijuana; cigarette laced with crack; marijuana joint laced with crack

Fry Sticks – Marijuana cigarettes dipped in formaldehyde/embalming fluid, sometimes also laced with PCP

Frying – Using LSD

Fu – Marijuana

Fuel– Marijuana mixed with insecticides; PCP

Fuzz – Police

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G-Hopping– Garage Hopping; traveling from house to house looking for open garage doors for the purpose of locating beer to steal (often kept in a garage refrigerator.)

Gage – Term used in the 1940s.

Gamma G – See “Blue Nitro”

Gangster – Marijuana; person who uses or manufacturers methamphetamine

Ganja – A potent form of  marijuana obtained from the flowering tops and leaves of the plant; marijuana;  the Jamaican word for marijuana

Ganoobies – State of being stoned and laughing uncontrollably

Garage-Hopping– G-Hopping; traveling from house to house looking for open garage doors for the purpose of locating beer to steal (often kept in a garage refrigerator.)

Garbage – Inferior quality marijuana; low quality heroin

Gash – Marijuana

Gat – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, kat, khat, miraa, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

G-Ber Daze – A coma-like stupor from overdosing

GBL – Gamma butyrolactone

Geek – Crack mixed with marijuana

Geek-Joints – Cigarettes or cigars filled with tobacco and crack; a marijuana cigarette laced with crack or powdered cocaine

Geeking – To do something for hours while high

Georgia Home Boy – GHB

Get Off – Feel a drug’s effects

Get On – Use drugs for the first time

GH Revitalizer – See Blue Nitro

GHB – Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, a depressant drug, no smell, salty taste, date rape drug, powder or liquid form.  Also known as battery acid, cherry meth, date rape drug, easy lay, everclear, fantasy, G, Georgia Home Boy, goop, grievous bodily harm, jib, liquid ecstasy, liquid G, liquid X, organic Quaalude, salty war, salty water, scoop, sleep 500, soap, vita G, zonked

GHL – Gamma Butyrolactone, a key ingredient in GHB. Alone, it causes effects similar to GHB. Appears to be more addictive than GHB.

Gimmie – Crack and marijuana; marijuana joint laced with crack

Glass – Methamphetamine

Glow – Crack Cocaine

Gluey – A glue sniffer

Go Fast – Methamphetamine

Gold – Marijuana, also called Acapulco Gold or Columbia Gold; crack cocaine; heroin

Goldeneagle – MTA (4-methylthioamphetamine)

Gonzalez – Methamphetamine

Goods – Drugs

Goofballs – Barbiturates

Goop – GHB

Gram – A metric measure of weight, hashish

Grass – Marijuana

Grass Brownies – Marijuana

Green – Ketamine; PCP; inferior quality marijuana

Green Goddess – Marijuana

Gremmies – Combination of cocaine and marijuana

Grievous Bodily Harm – Slang for GHB, club drugs

Grimmie – Marijuana cigarette laced with powdered cocaine

Groovin’ – High on marijuana

Grow(s) – Marijuana growing operations (indoor and outdoor)

Gun – Equipment for injecting drugs

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H-Bomb – Ecstasy mixed with heroin

Hammer – A pipe in this shape consists of a long slender stem and an oversized bowl

Hammerheading – The term sometimes used to describe the mixing of Viagra and ecstasy and the pounding headache that can result.

Hand Grenade – Small bottle of potent pre-mixed alcoholic drink in child-level, self-serve displays at convenient stores; neon cartoon pictures on labels

Hand-To-Hand – Direct delivery and payment

Hangover – Sick feeling (headache, upset stomach, etc.), caused by drinking too much alcohol

Happy Dust – Cocaine

Happy Stick – A joint with PCP and marijuana

Happy Trails – Cocaine

Hard Stuff – Alcohol; narcotics

Hardline – Crack Cocaine

Hardware – Inhalants

Harry – Heroin

Harsh – Marijuana

Has – Marijuana

Hash – Marijuana; potent mixture of the resins and flowers of the marijuana plant; black hash, chocolate, finger, gram, hash, kif, Lebanese, Mister Brownstone, oil, platters, quarter moon, soles, temple balls, thai sticks

Hashbury – Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco, emphasis on hash(ish)

Hash Oil – A form of cannabis which is extracted or distilled from the Cannabis sativa plant

Hashish/Hash – Potent mixture of the resins and flowers of the marijuana plant; black hash, chocolate, finger, gram, hash, kif, Lebanese, Mister Brownstone, oil, platters, quarter moon, soles, temple balls, thai sticks

Hawaiian Black – Marijuana

Hawaiian Homegrown Hay – Marijuana

Hawaiian Salt – Methamphetamine

Hay – Marijuana

Head – Someone who uses drugs frequently

Headpiece – Any item of smokeware created with such skill and imagination that it transcends functionality and becomes an art

Head Shop – Store specializing in the sale of drug paraphernalia and drug-related items

Hearts – Dexadrine

Heat – Police (or gun)

Heaven – Cocaine

Heavenly Blue – Morning glory seeds; a hallucinogen

Heavy Burner – A person who smokes a lot of dope, burnout

Heeled – Having plenty of money

Hemp – Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa)used for rope, fabrics, clothing, and paper. Movement to legalize hemp is sponsored largely by pro- marijuana legalization movement

Herb – Marijuana

Herb and Al – Marijuana and alcohol

Herbal Bliss – Ecstasy, MDMA

Heroin – Antifreeze, Aries, Aunt Hazel, bad seed, ballot, Big H, Bin Laden, black pearl, black tar, blanco, china white, crank, dirt, dope, dust, fix, H. junk, harry, horse, horsebite, junk, mother pearl, smack, snow, whack

High – Euphoria and intoxication and/or under the influence of drugs

High/Low – Teen drinking card game; must drink if you miss

Hip Hop – Refers to culture that includes rap music, art, dance, fashion, attitude and drugs

Hippieflip – Mushrooms and MDMA

Hiropan – Methamphetamine

Hit – Single dose of drugs; to smoke marijuana; marijuana cigarette; crack cocaine

Hocus – Marijuana; opium

Hog – PCP

Holding – In possession of drugs

Home Grown – Locally grown marijuana; local weed; ditch weed

Honey Oil – Ketamine

Hooch – Alcohol, marijuana

Hookah – Originally smoked in the Near East, the bowl of this pipe fits into an airtight vase that is partly filled with water.  A tube from the bowl passes downward below the surface of the water.  Another flexible tube with a mouthpiece is fitted into the side of the vase above the water.  Thus, the smoke passes through the water, where it is cooled before it enter the mouth.   (The historical model for all waterpipes.)  A hashish waterpipe with four long stems for four users at once (ref: Alice in Wonderland)

Hooked – Addicted

Hooter – Cocaine, marijuana

Hopped Up – Under the influence of drugs

Horse – Heroin

Horsebite – Heroin

Hose Monster (Beer Bong)- Funnel with attached hose, used for ingesting large amounts of alcohol quickly

Hot – Wanted by authorities

Hot Ice – Smokable methamphetamine

Hot Shot – Fatal injection of drugs; injecting an overdose of drugs

Huff – Inhalants

Huffer – Glue sniffer; one who inhales

Huffing – Inhaling solvents from a bag through the mouth to get high; inhaling vapors from gasoline; using an inhalant

Hustle – Attempt to obtain drug customers

Hydre-Amphetamine; high quality methamphetamine; marijuana, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA); marijuana grown in water (hydroponic)

Hydrogrows – Indoor marijuana growing operations

Hype – Narcotic addict; herion addict

Hyperreal – Internet web site/group promoting drugs, recipes for drugs and RAVES

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I Am Back – Crack

“I wanna talk to Samson!” – line from the movie Half Baked, indicating that the person wants marijuana

Ice – Amphetamine, methamphetamine, 4-methyl-aminorex, also known as U-4-E-uh or euphoria, cocaine, MDMA, PCP, shabu

Ice Cream Habit – Occasional drug use

Ice Cube – Crack

Icing – Cocaine

Illies – MDMA; marijuana dipped in PCP

Illing– Marijuana dipped in PCP

Illy – PCP laced cigarette or cigar; marijuana cigarettes soaked in embalming fluid and dried

In – Connected with drug suppliers

Inhalants – Air blast, Amy, bang, bolt, boppers, buzz bomb, climax, hardware, huff, kick, laughing gas, nitrates, ozone, poppers, rush, snappers, Texas shoe shine, whippets

Inside/Out – The technique of laying pattern and design on the inside of glass.  This is achieved by flaring out the end of a tube, laying color, gold and silver on the inside of the tubing, and then melting and shrinking the glass back down to be shaped and manipulated into segments that are eventually welded together to form a piece.

Intoxication – Becoming drunk by drinking too much alcohol

Ionamin – Type of stimulant drug

Isomerizer – Used to increase potency of THC in marijuana

Issues – Crack

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Jag – Extended period of using a drug; under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Jay – Individual marijuana cigarette

Jefferson Airplane – A term for a roach holder from a matchbook cover; used match cut in half to hold a partially smoked marijuana cigarette

Jellies – MDMA in gel caps

Jello Shots – Gelatin cubes made with alcohol usually using ice cube trays; meant to intoxicate (See Zippers)

Jelly – Cocaine

Jelly Beans – Crack

Jet – Ketamine

Jet Fuel – Ketamine

Jib – GHB

Jim Jones – Marijuana laced with cocaine

Jive – Marijuana; drugs; heroin; 1930s and 1940s slang term for both marijuana and marijuana-influenced popular music

Johnson grass – Low potency Texas marijuana (as in Lyndon Johnson)

Johnson – Crack

Joint – Hand-rolled marijuana cigarette

Joy Popping – Occasional use of drugs

Juice – Alcohol

Juice Joint – Marijuana cigarette sprinkled with crack

Jumbos– Large vials of crack sold on the streets; marijuana mixed with crack

Jungle-Ting/Jungle-Ing – Attending RAVE dances

Junk – Heroin, so named because it’s never pure when sold on the street

Junkie – An opiate addict; narcotic addict

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K – Ketamine, a designer drug

K-Club – Ketamine user

K-Hold – Severe ketamine influence

K-Hole – Ketamine

K-Land – Ketamine influence

K-Ways – Ketamine

K-Whore – Someone who prefers ketamine to other drugs or who takes ketamine exclusively

Kabak– Turkish or other marijuana

Kangaroo – Crack

Kat – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, khat, miraa, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Kay Jay – Ketamine

Ketamine – Black hole, bump, cat valium, EKG, green, honey oil, horse tranquilizer, jet, jet fuel, K, K-hole, Kay Jay, kit kat, purple, Special K, special la coke, super acid, super C, vitamin K

Key – Kilogram

KGB – Marijuana

Khat – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, miraa, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Kick – Inhalants

Kick – To stop using drugs; getting off a drug habit

Kickback – Relapse back into drug usage

Kicking – Rave dance style

Kiddie Dope – Usually prescription drugs

Kief/Kiff/Kaff/Khayf – Very potent product from Morocco, Lebanon, and other Arab/Middle Eastern countries

Kif – Hashish, potent Moroccan marijuana, North African word for marijuana

Killer – Strong drug; marijuana; PCP

Killer Joints – PCP

Killer Weed – Strong marijuana, or marijuana sprinkled with PCP

Kilo – 2.2 lbs., also “Key”

King’s Habit – Cocaine

Kit – Equipment used to inject drugs

Kit Kat – Club drugs

Kitty Flipping – Ketamine and MDMA

Kokomo – Crack

Krytonite – Crack

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L – LSD; blunt

L.A. Ice – Smokable methamphetamine

Lace– Cocaine and marijuana

Lactone – GHL

Lady – Cocaine

Lady Caine – Cocaine

Lady Snow – Cocaine

Lambsbread – Large Jamaican marijuana flowers

Laughing Gas – Nitrous Oxide (inhalant)

Laughing Grass – Marijuana

Leaf – Marijuana; cocaine

Lebanese – Hashish from Lebanon

Lemon Drop – Methamphetamine

Lemonade – Poor quality drugs

Letter Biscuits – MDMA

Lettuce – Money

Leaf– Cocaine, marijuana

Leapers – Amphetamines

Lid – One ounce or less of marijuana

Lid Poppers – Methamphetamine

Line – A dose of cocaine arranged in a line on a smooth surface

Lip Poppers – Amphetamines

Liprimo– Marijuana and crack rolled in a joint

Liquid – Rave dance style

Liquid Ecstasy – GHB, club drugs

Liquid G – GHB, club drugs

Liquid X – GHB, club drugs

Little Smoke – Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin/psilocin

Load – A large quantity of drugs

Loaded – High on drugs or alcohol; intoxicated

Locker Room – Butyl Nitrate (inhalant)

Love Affair – Cocaine

Love Boat – PCP, a joint dipped in formaldehyde; blunts mixed with marijuana and heroin; blunts mixed with marijuana and PCP

Love Drug – Ecstasy, MDMA

Love Flipping – Mescaline and MDMA

Love Leaf – Marijuana/PCP combination

Love Trip – Ecstasy and mescaline

LSD – (Lysergic acid diethylaminde) A, acid, animal, back breakers, barrels, battery acid, Big D, black acid, black star, black tabs, blaze, blotter, blotter acid, blotter cube, boomers, blue acid, blue chairs, blue cheers, blue heaven, blue microdot, blue mist, blue moons, candy flip, cheers, Cid, doses, dots, frogs, fry, gel pyramid, L, lucy, lucy in the sky with diamonds, microdots, mind blow, moons, pane, paper, paper acid, purple haze, snowmen, sugar, sugar cubes, tabs, trips, window glass, window panes, yellow, yellow dimples, yellow sunshine, Zen

Ludes – Methaqualone; quaaludes, valium

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Macaroni and Cheese – $5 pack of marijuana and a dime bag of cocaine

Magic Dragon – Marijuana

Magic Mushrooms – Psilocybin mushrooms

Magic Skittles – Coricidin, Red Devils, Triple C, Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets containing a powerful dose of dextromethorphan, a substance related to morphine

Mainline – Inject a drug directly, to “shoot up”

Mainliner – A person who injects directly into the veins

Mama Coca – Cocaine

Man – Police

Manicure – Remove seeds from marijuana

Marathons – Methamphetamine

Marijuana – For an extensive listing of street names for marijuana, click here. 

MaryJane/M.J. – Refers to the female cannabis plant that, unlike the male plant, has the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol-THC

Marijuana Cigarette – African woodbine, blanket, bone, doobie, joint, J, reefer, spliff

Matchbox – Measurement for a small amount of marijuana; 1/4 ounce of marijuana or six (6) marijuana cigarettes

MBDB – Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, Eden, Methyl-J

MDA – Methylenedioxyamphetamine

MDEA – Methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, Eve

MDMA – Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, Adam, Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden, baby slits, bean(s), biscuits, candy, candy flip, double stack, E, E-bombs, ecstasy, Eve, herbal bliss, illies

Merk – Cocaine

Mescaline – Big chief, buttons, cactus, crystal, mess

Meet – Buyer and seller get together

Meltdown – High on marijuana

Merchandise – Drugs

Meth – Methamphetamine

Methadone – Amidone, burdock, dollies, jungle juice, junk, substitute drug for heroin

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Methamphetamine Users – basehead, battery bender, cluckers, chicken-headed clucks, crack heads, crackies, crankster or cranker, doorknobers (Novia Scotia), fienda, fiends, fiendz, gacked, geek(ers), geekin, geeter, go go loser, jubby, jibby bear, jibbhead, Krista, loker or lokers, neck creature, shadow people, sketchpad or schetchers, skitzers,sketchpads, sketch cookie, sketch monster, spin doctors, spinsters, tweakers, tweekin/the go, wiggers.

Methcathinone – Methamphetanime

Methlies Quik  – Methamphetamine

Methyl Alcohol – A type of alcohol that is poisonous when taken by mouth.  It is found in antifreeze, paint thinner, and fuels.  Sometimes referred to as wood alcohol.

Methyl-J – MBDB, Eden

Mexican Crank – Methamphetamine

Mexican Magic Mushrooms – Psilocybin mushrooms

Mexican Valium – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam

Mezz – Derived from Mezz Mezzrow, Harlem jazzman and marijuana dealer in the 1930s


Microdot – A tablet containing LSD

Millifiori – (Latin for 1,000 flowers).  A small glass painting encased in clear glass.  It involves a complex and delicate process of stretching, heating and cutting colored glass rods to create the illusion of a floating, three-dimensional image.

Mind Blow – LSD

Minor – A person who is not legally an adult.  State law determines at what age a person becomes an adult.  Minors cannot buy alcohol or vote.

Miraa – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, qat, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Miss Emma – Morphine

Mister Brownstone – Brown herion, hashish

Mitshubishi Double Stack – A street name for the drug PMA

MMDA – 4-methoxy-2, 3-methylenedioxyamphetamine

Monkey – Drug dependency; a kilogram of a narcotic

Moons – LSD

Mosquitos – Cocaine

Mota – Spanish slang word for marijuana

Movie Star Drug – Cocaine

Mow the grass – To smoke marijuana

MTA – 4-methylthioamphetamine, flatliners, goldeneagle, gonzalez

Muggles – Slang term fro marijuana used in the 1930s and 1940s

Mujer – Cocaine

Mule – A carrier of drugs

Munchies – state of being acutely hungry, typically for junk food, while stoned

Mushies – Psilocybin mushrooms

Mushrooms – Buttons, hallucinogens, hippieflip, magic mushrooms, shrooms, mushies

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Nail – Tobacco cigarette; marijuana cigarette

Nailed – Arrested

Nanging – A term sometimes used to refer to the practice of inhaling nitrous oxide

Narc – Narcotic agent; informant

Needle Freak – A person who prefers to take drugs with a needle

Needles – Points, rigs, slammers

Nexus – (2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-ethylamine), 2-CB, venus, bromo, spectrum, BDMPEA, toonies, MFT

Nexus Flipping – 2-CB and MDMA

Nickel Bag – A $5 bag of drugs; nickel

Nitrates – Inhalants

Nitrous Oxide – An inhalant; laughing gas; buzz bomb, whippits.  See “Nanging”

NORML – National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; lobbies for lenient drug laws

Nose Candy – Cocaine

Nose Powder – Cocaine

Nose Stuff – Cocaine

Nugget – Marijuana

Nuggets – Crack

N20 – Nitrous Oxide

N0X – Nitrous Oxide and MDMA

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O.B.E. – Out of Body Experience; high on marijuana

O.D. -Overdosed on drugs

Oil – Hashish oil

Oolies – Marijuana and crack cocaine rolled in a joint

On – Under the influence of a drug

On a Trip – Under the influence of drugs

On Ice – In jail

On the Bricks – Walking the streets

On the Nod – Under the influence of narcotics or depressants

One ounce – 28.34952 grams

One-Fifty-One – Crack

Opium – Aunti, Aunti Emma, Big O, black, black hash, black pill, black russian

Organic Quaalude – GHB

Ounce– Standard unit of measurement for marijuana; 28.34952 grams

Out of It – Under the influence of drugs

O.Z. – One ounce

Ozone – Inhalants; PCP; marijuana; PCP and crack cigarette; marijuana cigarette

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Pakalolo – Hawaiian term for marijuana

Panama Gold, Red – Potent marijuana grown in Panama

Panic – Drugs not available

Pane – LSD

Paper – LSD; a quarter gram

Paper Acid – LSD

Papers – Rolling papers, used to make marijuana cigarettes

Parachuting – Illegal use of the sedative Xanax in combination with ecstasy to help prolong an ecstasy high or soften the crash that often follows

Paradise – Cocaine

Paradise White – Cocaine

Paraphernalia – Accessories used to take drugs; medical supplies or utensils; drug equipment or gadgets usually sold in head shops

Parlay – Crack

Party Favor – MDMA

Paste – Crack cocaine

PCP – (Phencyclidine) angel, angel dust, angel hair, angel mist, amoeba, animal, animal trank, animal tranquilizer, aurora borealis, black whack, boat, bohd, crystal, dummy dust, dust, elephant, elephant flipping, embalming fluid, fry, high, hog, illy, juice, killer joints, kools, love boat, ozone, peace, rocket fuel, sherms, supergrass, wack, wet daddies, yellow fever, zombie

PCP Laced – See “Wet”

P-Dogs – Marijuana and crack cocaine rolled in joint

Peace – PCP

Peace Pills – PCP

Peanut Butter – PCP mixed with peanut butter; methamphetamine that is brown in color

Peanut Butter Crank – Methamphetamine

Peanut Butter Methamphetamine– Propylhexedrine

Peanuts – Barbiturates, depressants

Pearl – Cocaine

Pebbles – Crack

Peep(s)/Peeper(s) – MDMA users

Penetration – When a stem splits into two, crosses over and loops through itself, rejoining the primary stem at separate junctures

Pep Pills – Methamphetamine

Pepsi– Crank

Pepsi Habit – Occasional use of drugs

Pepsi One – Crystal

Perico – Cocaine

Peruvian – Cocaine

Peruvian Flake – Cocaine

Peruvian Lady – Cocaine

Peyote – Hallucinogenic cactus; bad seed, buttons

Phencyclidine – Angel, angel dust, hog, Killer Weed, love boat, lovely, PCP

Pickup – Purchase drugs

Piece – Usually one ounce of drugs; gun

Pikachu – Ecstasy mixed with PCP

Piles – Crack

Pills – MDMA

Pimp – Cocaine

Pinks – Seconal (Barbiturate)

Pixies – Methamphetamine

Plant – A hiding place for drugs

Platters – Hashish

Plegine – Type of stimulant drug

Plugging – MDMA rectally

PLUR – Recurring term associated with RAVE dances: Peace, Love, Understanding or Unity, Respect

PMA – Paramethoxyamphetamin; a drug very similar in appearance to ecstasy, used especially at RAVES; potent hallucinogen responsible for 9 deaths in IL and FL in 2000.  Street name “death”.

Pocket Rocket– Marijuana; marijuana cigarette

Pocket Shot –Injecting into the internal jugular vein

Polvo Blanco – Cocaine

Pondimin – Type of stimulant drug

Pony – Crack

Poor Man’s Speedball – Heroin and methamphetamine combo

Poppers – Amyl and butyl nitrate capsules; isobutyl nitrite; inhalants;

Popping/Skinpopping – Subcutaneous injection of heroin

Pot – Marijuana

Pot Head – Marijuana user

Powder – Cocaine

Powder Diamonds – Cocaine

Power Hitter – A device (often plastic) used to deliver a blast of marijuana smoke to the lungs

Power Hour – Youth go to bars on their 21st birthday to drink 21 shots in one hour.

Precursor Drugs – Drugs or other chemicals necessary to make designer drugs, methampheamine

Preludin – Type of stimulant drug

Primo – A blunt refilled with marijuana and crack; crack; marijuana mixed with cocaine; crack and heroin; heroin, cocaine and tobacco

Proof – The word used to describe the amount of alcohol in hard liquors; the proof number is always double the percentage of alcohol; 100 proof whiskey contains 50 percent alcohol

Purple – Ketamine

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Qat – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, miraa, chat, tohai, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Quack – Doctor

Quaaludes – Methaqualone – depressant

Quarter Moon – Hashish

Quarters – Teen drinking game; encourages intoxication-bouncing quarters into containers

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R-2 – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug

Rainbows – Barbiturates

Rap – To talk with someone; or charged with a crime

Rasta – Marijuana

RAVE – Secretive all night dance with techno music, advertised as “no alcohol” but drug use is associated with about 75% to 80% of participants.

RAVER – Person who attends RAVE dances, 12-35 years old, middle-to-upper class, all ethnics

Raw – Crack

Rebujo – Inhaling vapors of heroin and cocaine heated over a flame

Red Bud – Marijuana

Red Caps – Crack

Red Devils – Depressant

Reefer – Marijuanaterm dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s still used today.

Remforce – “Blue Nitro”

Revivarant – “Blue Nitro”

Rib – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam

Riding the Wave – Under the influence of drugs

Rig – The paraphernalia for injecting drugs

Ripped Off – Robbed

Roach – The stub or butt of a marijuana cigarette

Roach-2 – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles,flunitrazepam

Roach Clip – Any device used to hold a marijuana cigarette stub that is too short to hold in the fingers

Roaches – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam

Roachies – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug

Road Dope – Methamphetamine

Robin’s Eggs – Street name for diet pills

Robo Flipping – DXM and MDMA

Robo-ing – High on the drug dextramethorphan

Roche – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, forget-me pills, mexican valuim, rib, roach-2, roaches, roofies, roopies, rope, rophies, ropies, ruffies

Rock – Crack

Rock Attack – Crack

Rock Star – A woman who trades sex for crack

Rocket Fuel – PCP

Rocks of Hell – Crack

Rocky III – Crack

Rohypnol – Flunitrazepam, circles, forget-me pills, mexican valuim, rib, roach-2, , roaches, roche, roofies, roopies, rope, rophies, ropies, ruffies

Roll/Rolling – MDMA influence

Rollers – A term used by a lookout and yelled when police come

Rolling – High on ecstasy

Rolling Papers – Cigarette papers used to make a marijuana joint

Rolls – MDMA

Rompums – Marijuana with horse tranquilizer

Roofies – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, club drugs

Roopies – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, club drugs

Rooster – Crack

Rope – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, club drugs; marijuana

Rophies – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, club drugs

Ropies – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, club drugs

Rox – Crack

Roz – Crack

Ruffies – Rohypnol, a designer drug known as the date rape drug; circles, flunitrazepam, club drugs

Rush – A sudden, intense surge of pleasure/euphoric effect from taking drugs; Butyl Nitrate inhalant

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Salt and Pepper – Marijuana

Salty War – GHB

Salty Water – GHB

Sandex – Type of stimulant drug

Sandwich – Two layers of cocaine with heroin in the middle

Santa Marta – Marijuana

Sasfras – Marijuana

Sauce – Alcohol

Scales– Paraphernalia used to weigh drug quantities for selling purposes

Scat – Heroin

Scene – A special location or condition

Schmeck – Cocaine

School Boy – Codeine

Schoolcraft – Crack

Schwagg – Low quality marijuana; marijuana

Scoop – GHB

Score – To locate and purchase a quantity of drugs

Scorpion – Cocaine

Scottie – Cocaine

Scramble – Crack

Scratch – Money

script – A doctor’s prescription

script Writer – A doctor willing to write a prescription for faked symptoms

Scruples – Crack

Sen – Marijuana

Serax – Tranquilizer

Serpico 21 – Cocaine

Sess – Marijuana

Sezz – Marijuana

Set Up – To arrange to have a person arrested for drugs; combination of uppers and downers (barbiturates and amphetamines)

Sextacy – The name given to the practice of using Viagra with ecstasy or methamphetamine

Shabu – Ecstasy, MDMA, ice

Shabu Shabu – Another name for methamphetamine

She – Cocaine

Sherlock – A pipe with a U-curve in its stem.  Named for the famed fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes, who smoked a similarly shaped meerschaum pipe.

Shit – Any type of controlled substance

Shoot the Breeze – Nitrous oxide

Shoot Up – To inject intravenously

Shootin’ Salad – Saying something stupid when on MDMA

Shooting Gallery – Place where addicts inject drugs; place where drugs are used

Shotgun/shotgunning – Exhaling smoke into another person’s mouth with positive pressure

Shotgun – A way of smoking marijuana, by blowing smoke back through the joint into another’s mouth. Also, beer game creating a hole in can to promote binge drinking using gravity to accelerate consumption.

Shrooms – Psilocybin mushrooms

Sidecar – Named for its resemblance to the vehicle attached to the side of a motorcycle; a sidecar pipe has its bowl on the side of the stem, rather than in a direct line.

Single Stack – MDMA tab normal thickness

Sinsemilla or Sins – A potent type of marijuana without seeds grown in Northern California

Sightball – Crack

Sitter – A sober friend who will look out for you while you are tripping

Skeegers/Skeezers – Crack

Skin Popping – To inject a drug under the skin; injecting drugs subcutaneously; skinning; popping

Skinning – To inject a drug under the skin; injecting drugs subcutaneously; skin popping; popping

Skunk – Aromatic sinsemilla marijuana, usually from the Afghani variety; heroin

Slab – Crack

Slammer – Jail

Sleep 500 – GHB

Sleet – Crack

Sleigh Ride – Cocaine

Smack – Heroin

Smokes – tobacco

Smoking Stones – Paraphernalia used to hold marijuana joints while smoking

Snappers – Amyl Nitrate capsules, inhalant

Sneeze – Cocaine

Sniffing – Inhaling toxins through the nose; to get high

Snort – Cocaine; to inhale cocaine through the nostrils; to sniff drugs

Snow – Cocaine; heroin; amphetamine

Snow Bird – Cocaine user; dependent on cocaine

Snow Coke – Crack

Snow Pallets – Amphetamine

Snow Seals – Cocaine and amphetamine

Snow White – Cocaine

Snowball – Cocaine and heroin

Snowcones – Cocaine; smoked heroin mixed with marijuana

Snowmen – LSD

Snuff – Tobacco

Soap – GHB

Sober – Not intoxicated

Social Drinker – A person who takes a drink when in the company of others.  Drinking a toast to the newlyweds, celebration, etc.

Society High – Cocaine

Soda – Injectable cocaine

Soles – Hashish

Sopors – Methaqualone

Space – Cocaine and PCP mixed together

Space Cadet – Habitual user of marijuana whose senses have become dulled

Space Monkey – The practice of cutting off oxygen in an effort to attain a drug-like high; also known as blackout, flatliner

Spaced Out – Drug-induced state of being lost or out of touch with surroundings; under the influence of drugs

Spaced – Unresponsive to surroundings

Sparklers – Methamphetamine

Special K – Ketamine, club drugs

Special la coke – Ketamine

Spectrum – 2-CB, BDMPEA

Speed – Amphetamines, methamphetamine

Speed Ball – Injecting a mixture of cocaine and heroin; a mixture of cocaine and heroin; amphetamine; “Bombita”

Speed Freak – Person who repeatedly takes amphetamines, often intravenously; habitual user of methamphetamine

Speedball Artist – One who injects heroin and cocaine mixture

Spider Blue – Heroin

Spike – Needle (syringe) used to inject drugs

Spin Doctors – Users

Spliff – Large, ice-cream cone shaped marijuana joint

Split – To leave from someplace

Spoons – A basic pipe named for its resemblance to the common utensil; paraphernalia associated with cocaine, often worn as jewelry; the bottom of an aluminum soda can that is used as a tiny bowl to dissolve heroin

Spun-Out – To be high on the drug

Square Time Bob – Crack

Squirrel – Combination of PCP and marijuana sprinkled with cocaine and smoked; marijuana, PCP and crack combined and smoked; LSD

Star – Amphetamines

Star Dust – Cocaine

Star-Spangled Powder – Cocaine

Stash – A place or container where drugs are hidden

Steamroller – An elongated tube with a bowl embedded at one end.  The smoker inhales through the tube while holding their hand over the other end to create a vacuum 

Step On – To dilute drugs

Stick – Marijuana cigarette; PCP

Stimulants – Pep pills, speed, methamphetamine

Stoned – Under the influence of drugs; high; intoxicated

Stoner– Person who smokes pot

Stones – Crack

Stove Top – Methamphetamine or other designer drugs cooked in clandestine labs

Straight – Not using drugs

Strung Out – Very intoxicated, heavily addicted to drugs

Stuff – Drugs

Sugar – LSD

Sugar Block – Crack

Sugar Cubes – LSD

Super Acid – Ketamine

Super C – Ketamine

Super Ice – Methamphetamine, smokable methamphetamine

Super Grass – Marijuana, PCP, or marijuana treated with PCP

Superman – LSD blotter with Superman imprint

Sweet Lucy – Marijuana

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3750 – Marijuana and crack cocaine rolled in a joint

T’s and Blues – Talwin (pentazocine) and PBZ (pyribenzamine) used as a heroin substitute; tripelennamine

Tabs – LSD

Take a Powder -To leave or get lost

Tardust – Cocaine

Taste -A small sample of drugs

Tea – Marijuana; PCP

Teena– A baggie of methamphetamine; name derived from the fact that methamphetamine is commonly bought in sixteenth of an ounce/gram packages; tina

Teenager -1/16 of  an ounce

Temple Balls – Hashish

Tension – Crack

Tenuate -Type of stimulant drug

Tepanil – Type of stimulant drug

Tetrahydrocannabinol/THC– Psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that is responsible for the high

Texas Shoe Shine – Inhalants

Thai Sticks – Bundles of marijuana soaked in hashish oil; marijuana buds bound on short sections of bamboo, marijuana laced with opium

The Devil – Crack

Thumper -Drinking game to encourage heavy drinking and intoxication; using hand signals

Thyme or oregano – spices resembling marijuana sometimes passed off as the drug

Tickets -MDMA

Time Flipping -DMT and MDMA

Tina – A baggie of methamphetamine; name derived from the fact that methamphetamine is commonly bought in sixteenth of an ounce/gram packages; teena

Tissue– Crack

Toasted– Refers to someone who is high

Tobacco – Butts, chew, cigs, dip, smokes, snuff, weed

Tohai – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, miraa, qat, chat, and tschat; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Toke-Inhaling marijuana or hashish smoke; to inhale cocaine; marijuana

Tolley -Toluene; a cheap, extremely harmful paint solvent (inhalant)

Toonies – 2-CB, BDMPEA

Toot -To sniff cocaine

Tooter -Small, hollow tube (straw like) to sniff/snort cocaine or methamphetamine

To Party – Refers to having a good time using alcohol and other drugs

Top Gun – Crack

Tracks -A row of needle marks on the skin

Trail Mixing -Sample a wide variety of drugs at one time

Trap -A hiding place for drugs

Trip – Under the influence of drugs or LSD

Triple C – Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets containing a powerful dose of dextromethorphan, a substance related to morphine

Triple Stack -MDMA tab, triple thickness

Troll – LSD and MDMA

Troop– Crack

Tschat – Catha edulis a.k.a. african salad, bushman’s tea, gat, kat, miraa, qat, chat, and tohai; a flowering shrub native to northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.  Fresh khat leaves contain cathinone – a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Turf -A location where drugs are sold

Turkey -A substitute sold as a specific drug; non-genuine drugs

Turnarounds – Amphetamines

Turned On -Introduced to drugs, or under the influence of drugs

Tweaking Monster– Chronic methamphetamine user

Tweekers -Those who use methamphetamine

Tweeking -Using methamphetamine

Tweezes – A wild variety of psilocybin mushrooms (hallucinogen)

Twenty and Forty– A $20 bag of marijuana and a forty ounce bottle of beer /malt liquor

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U-4-E-uh- 4-methyl-aminorex; also known as euphoria or ice

Ultimate– Crack

Uncle – Federal agents

Up the River/Down the River– Teen drinking card game, players drink when they match dealer

Uppers -Amphetamines, stimulants

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Valium– Ludes, drunk pills, V’s blues

Veggin’ – High on marijuana

Venus -2-CB, BDMPEA

Vita G -Gamma Hydroxy Buterate (GHB)

Vitamin K – Ketamine

Vitamins – MDMA

Viper -Marijuana smoker

Voranil-Type of stimulant drug

V’s Blues – Valium

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Wack – PCP

Wacky Tobaccky– Marijuana

Wafers -Ecstasy, MDMA

Wasted -Intoxicated, strung out; under the influence of drugs; murdered

Water Pipe – Paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana or hashish which filters the smoke through water

Watermelon – The practice of injecting watermelon with Everclear alcohol

Wave– Crack

Weed -Marijuana; PCP

West Coast – Amphetamines

Wet – A base of marijuana, tobacco, tea leaves, or mint leaves rolled into cigarettes or cigars and then soaked in embalming fluid; blunts mixed with marijuana and PCP; methamphetamine; marjuiana cigarettes soaked in PCP and dried.  (See PCP)

Whack – Another name for cocaine and PCP mixed together and snorted; crack cocaine; heroin and PCP; crack/PCP mixture or marijuana laced with insecticide.

Whackyweed – Marijuana

Whip-Its – Compressed nitrous oxide in small C02 type canisters used legally as a whipped cream propellant or glass chiller, used illegally to inhale the nitrous oxide

Whippets -Inhalants, buzz bombs

White -Cocaine

White Ball– Crack

White Cross – Methamphetamine

White Ghost – Crack

White Horse– Cocaine

White Lightening– LSD

White Mosquito– Cocaine

White Stuff -Morphine

White Sugar – Crack

White Tornado– Crack

Wicky – A joint with PCP and marijuana; combination of powder cocaine; PCP and marijuana

Wired -Addicted to amphetamines or heroin

Woolah – A blunt refilled with marijuana and crack

Wooly – Cocaine

Works-Equipment for injecting drugs

Wrecking Crew– Crack

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X – Ecstasy, MDMA; marijuana; amphetamine

Xanax – A sedative used in combination with ecstasy to help prolong the high or soften the crash that often follows

XTC – Ecstasy, MDMA

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Yale- Crack

Yellow Fever– PCP

Yellow Jackets -Nembutal, barbiturate

Yellow Sunshine – LSD

Yen -A strong craving

Yeola – Marijuana and crack

Yerba mala– (Spanish) PCP and marijuana

Yimyom – Crack

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Zay– A mixture of marijuana and other substances within a cigar; blunts

Zen – Term associated with advertising and promoting RAVE dances

Zig Zag -A brand of rolling papers used to make marijuana cigarettes

Zig Zag Man– Marijuana; LSD; marijuana rolling papers

Zip – Methamphetamine or cocaine

Zippers -Prepackaged cups of gelatin with 12% alcohol; meant to intoxicate (See Jello Shots)

Zombie – Heavy user of drugs, PCP

Zoned or Zoning – The look someone gets when high; staring off into space when high

Zonked– GHB, extremely high on drugs

Zooie – Holds butt of marijuana cigarette

Zoom– Marijuana laced with PCP; PCP

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1 ounce – 28.34952 grams

2-CB – (2-(4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-phenyl)-ethylamine), nexus, venus, bromo, spectrum, BDMPEA, toonies, MFT

19 – Methamphetamine

51– Combination of crack cocaine with marijuana or tobacco

420 – Marijuana use

3750 – Marijuana and crack rolled in a joint

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Some Street Names for Marijuana

Marijuana Home Drug Test Kits


Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Red

Afgani Indica


African Black

African Bush

African Woodbine




Assassin of Youth

Astro Turf


Aunt Mary


Baby Bhang


Bad Seed







Belyando Spruce



Black Bart

Black Ganga

Black Gold

Black Gungi

Black Gunion






Blowing Smoke

Blue de Hue

Blue Sage

Blue Sky




Bo Bo Bush




Boo Boo Bama




Bubble Gum






Butter Flower


Cam Trip

Cambodian Red/Cam Red


Canadian Black



Cancelled Stick

Cannabis Tea



Cavite All Star







Chicago Black

Chicago Green


Chocolate Thai

Christmas Bud

Christmas Tree









Coliflor Tostao

Colorado Cocktail


Columbia Red



Columbus Black


Crazy Weed


Crying Weed









Diablito (Spanish)




Dinkie Dow

Dipped Joints

Dirt Grass


Dirty Joints


Ditch Weed


Do A Joint


Don Jem

Don Juan

Dona Juana (Spanish)

Dona Juanita (Spanish)






Dope Smoke



Draf Weed

Drag Weed

Dry High





Duros (Spanish)



El Gallo (“Rooster”)




Fallbrook Redhair



Fine Stuff


Finger Lid




Flower Tops




Fuma D’Angola (Portugese)








Gasper Stick


Gauge Butt



Get a Gage Up

Get High

Get the Wind



Giggle Smoke

Giggle Weed


Go Loco

Goblet of Jam


Gold Star


Golden Leaf

GOM (Good Old Marijuana)



Good Butt

Good Giggles

Good Stuff


Goof Butt



Grass Brownies





Green Buds

Green Goddess







Grifa (Spanish)











Happy Cigarette

Happy Stick





Hawaiian Black

Hawaiian Homegrown Hay


Hay Butt



Herb and Al



Hit the Hay



Honey blunts



Hot Stick






Indian Boy

Indian Hay

Indian Hemp



Indonesian Bud




Jamaican Gold

Jamaican Red Hair


Jay Smoke


Jim Jones


Jive Stick

Johnson Grass


Jolly Green


Joy Smoke

Joy Stick


Juan Valdez (Spanish)

Juanita (Spanish)

Juice Joint







Kansas Grass

Kate Bush

Kawaii Electric




Kentucky Blue





Kick Stick





Killer Green Bud

Killer Weed



Kind Bud

King Bud

Kona Gold



Ktutchu String


L.G. (Lime Green)



Lakbay Diva

Laughing Grass

Laughing Weed



Leno (Spanish)



Light Green

Lime Green

Light Stuff



Little Smoke




Loco (Spanish)

Loco Weed (Spanish)



Loose Shank

Love Boat

Love Leaf

Love Weed











Mafu (Spanish)


Magic Dragon

Magic Smoke

Manhattan Silver


Mari Jane

Marimba (Spanish)


Mary & Johnny

Mary Ann

Mary Jane

Mary Jonas

Mary Warner

Mary Weaver

Mary Worner


Maui Wauie

Maui Wowie





Mexican Brown

Mexican Green

Mexican Locoweed

Mexican Red



Mighty Mezz















Mor A Grifa












Northern Lights






Pack A Bowl

Pack Of Rocks



Pakistani Black

Panama Cut

Panama Gold

Panama Red




Philly Blunts


Pocket Rocket





Potten Bush





Queen Ann’s Lace


Railroad Weed

Rainy Day Woman



Rasta Weed

Red Bud

Red Cross

Red Dirt



Righteous Bush






Rose Marie

Rough Stuff




Salt And Pepper

Sandwich Bag

Santa Maria

Santa Marta
















Smoke A Bowl

Smoke Canada




Square Mackerel




Sticky Icky


Stoney Weed



Sugar Weed

Super Grass

Super Pot


Sweet Lucy





Tex Mex

Texas Pot

Texas Tea

Thai Stick







Triple A

Trupence Bag


Twenty Six Red




Viper Weed

Wake and Bake

Wacky Tobaccky

Wake and Bake


Weed Tea





White Russian

White-Haired Lady

Woo Blunts


Yellow Submarine

Yen Pop

Yerba (Spanish)






Zig Zag Man




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Some Street Names for Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine Home Drug Test Kits


Albino Poo


All Tweakend Long



Anything Going On


Bache Knock

Bache Rock

Bag Chasers



Barney Dope

Batak (Philippine Street Name)

Bathtub Crank


Batu (Hawaiian)

Batu Kilat (Malaysia, means shining rocks)

Batunas (Hawaiian)









Biker’s Coffee


Black and White

Black Beauties

Black Birds

Black Bombers

Black Cadillacs

Black Hollies

Black Mollies

Blue Belly







Chalk X

Chicken Feed

Chicken Powder

Chicken Powder Yellow Bam


Christmas Tree Meth






Cristy (Smokable meth)






Diet Pills





Glass (Smokable meth)




Hanyak (Smokable meth)

Hawaiian Salt


Hot Ice


Ice (Smokable meth)

Jelly Baby



L.A. (Smokable meth)

L.A. Ice

La Glass (pure meth with no cuts)

Lemon Drop

Lid Poppers




Methlies Quik

Mexican Crack

Peanut Butter Crank

Pep Pills


Quartz (Smokable meth)


Redneck Cocaine

Road Dope




Soap Dope




Super Ice


Tick Tick



Walking Zombie




White Cross

White Crunch



Ya Ba

Yellow Bam

Yellow Powder




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Some Rave Slang Terms



Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden







Chill Room


Crazy Flip

Designer Drug



Double Stack

Elephant Flipping















Kitty Flipping

Letter Biscuits


Love Flipping






Nexus Flipping



Party Favor






Robo Flipping



Shootin’ Salad

Single Stack



Time Flipping


Triple Stack






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Some Slang Terms for Being

Under the Influence



Bache Knock 2 Rock






Bent Out Of Shape




Bob (as in discombobulated)







Cranked Up

Crank Whore Jamie




Feelin Shity











Gone Borneo





























Ring Dang Doo



Rollin or Rollin Hard



Schlep Heads

















Spun Monkey or Spun Turkey


Staggering Steamed


















Wide Open or Awake




Wooop Chicken




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Cold Medicine Abuse

Dextromethorphan (DXM): This is a drug contained in over-the-counter cough suppressants. After 900 milligrams, it becomes a hallucinogen. Synonyms for DXM include Candy, Dex, DM, Drex, Red Devils, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Tussin, Velvet, Poor Man’s X, and Vitamin D. “Tussin is a very popular name that’s has been catching on lately,” says Pollock.
“Cold medicine abuse is a very serious problem, from what I have seen, because it is so available.”

Syrup heads: Users of DXM

Dexing: Abusing cough syrup. Synonyms include robotripping or robodosing because users tend to chug Robitussin or another cough syrup to get high.

Triple C: This stands for Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold. “The triple C or CCC is something that we are seeing a lot of, and that is specific to Coricidin, but anything with DXM is abused today,” adds Kevin M. Gray, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

More Teen Drug Use Terms

Special K: A medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, ketamine is sometimes abused as a “club drug.” It can cause hallucinations and euphoria in higher doses. Synonyms include vitamin K, breakfast cereal, cat valium, horse tranquilizer, K, Ket, new ecstasy, psychedelic heroin, and super acid.

Crank: The stimulant methamphetamine. Synonyms include meth, speed, chalk, white cross, fire, and glass. “Crystal methamphetamine is called ice,” says Cleveland Clinic’s Pollock. “Crystal meth is smoked, but meth can be injected, snorted, or taken as a pill,” he explains.

Antifreeze: Heroin. Synonyms include Big H, brown sugar, dope, golden girls, H, horse, junk, poison, skag, smack, sweet dreams, tar, and train, according to the web site of Phoenix House, a national alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facility.

Crunk: This is a verb that means to get high and drunk at the same time.

Snow: Cocaine. Synonyms include Charlie, crack, coke, dust, flake, freebase, lady, nose candy, powder, rock, rails, snowbirds, toot, white, and yahoo, according to Phoenix House. “After all this time, alcohol and pot are still the most used drugs by teens, but cocaine is really a strong third, especially with females, because of the weight issue,” says Janice Styer, MSW, a clinical coordinator-addictions counselor at Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pa. “The drug of choice among women with eating disorders is almost invariably cocaine.” A stimulant, cocaine can decrease appetite.

X: Ecstasy or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Synonyms include Adam, E, bean, clarity, essence, lovers speed, MDMA, roll, stacy, XTC, according to the Phoenix House.

Georgia Home Boy: This refers to Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a central nervous system depressant can produce euphoric, sedative, and body-building effects. Other synonyms include Gamma-OH, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid E, Liquid X, Organic Quaalude, and Scoop, according to Phoenix House.

Roofies: This refers to rohypnol, a.k.a. the date rape drug. Synonyms include the forget pill, La Rocha, Mexican valium, R-2, rib, roachies, roofenol, rophies, roche (pronounced roe-shay), and rope.

Kibbles and bits: The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug called Ritalin. It is sometimes also referred to as pineapple, says Pollock.

Teens and Drugs on the Web

Cheese: This is a hazardous mix of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM or other medicines containing diphenhydramine). It looks like grated parmesan cheese — thus the name. There were more than 20 teen deaths in Dallas and surrounding neighborhoods that have been attributed to Cheese since it was identified in 2005.

Candy flipping: This term refers to a high that’s achieved by combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or acid with ecstasy.

was odb a “genius about talking about ” the bankers” in there face… i think so..

michela jackson did it also… so have many “artist” from all over the world… yet…

“exposing doesnt change it… ” does it…

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, managers have the third highest rate of illicit drug use and the seventh highest rate of heavy alcohol use among all occupational groups. If you’re a manager currently struggling with a substance abuse problem, you are not alone.

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Addiction as a Response to a High Pressure Environment

Substance abuse problems can occur at any age, but the way in which they manifest varies across demographic groups. Young people often turn to experimenting with drugs or alcohol out of simple curiosity or peer pressure. For business executives, however, drug abuse typically begins as a way to cope with work-related stress.

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Negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts, making difficult decisions to ensure a company’s financial future and sacrificing family time to meet corporate goals can take a toll on even the most dedicated employee. To make matters worse, positive methods of coping with stress such as exercising regularly and making sure you’re getting enough sleep can seem almost impossible to manage on top of your current professional obligations. The human body is made to function in blocks of three: eight hours for work, eight hours for rest and eight hours for personal care. When this balance is out of whack, stress will accumulate no matter how much you enjoy your job.

In addition to general work-related stress, executives often report that concerns about the economy can trigger the urge to abuse drugs and alcohol. Although the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, economic growth has been sluggish across the board. With consumer confidence lagging and regular downsizing still common in many industries, it’s a tough time to be in a leadership role. After all, even the most accomplished executive can’t single-handedly control the economy as a whole.

Company culture can also play a part in promoting drug and alcohol abuse. The tech industry, for example, has struggled with talented employees turning to stimulants to keep up with the demand to work 12-hour days with little or no down time in between. A previous Mercury News article describes a common progression up the “ladder” of addiction—executives start with Adderall to keep up with production demands and then progress to downers such as oxycodone to take the edge off when they finally return home to their families. In this scenario, what begins with a commendable work ethic eventually turns into a professional liability.

Prescription Drug Abuse Is on the Rise

When the general public thinks of drug abusers, the first thing that comes to mind is someone addicted to illegal substances like heroin or cocaine. However, prescription drug abuse is on the rise and presents an equally serious concern. Opioid painkillers are the mostly commonly abused prescription drugs, but Science Times reports that abuse of Concerta, Adderall and Vyvanse is particularly prevalent among white collar workers ages 25 to 45.

business executives abusing drugs and alcohol

Prescription drug abusers often start out taking the medication for a legitimate purpose, such as a back injury. They discover they like the effects of the drug, so they start increasing the dosage and developing a tolerance for the medication. From there, it’s easy to spiral out of control. Eventually, they’re lying about their symptoms, obtaining prescriptions from multiple doctors or illegally purchasing pills from others.

Prescription drug use can problematic for baby boomers who may have experimented with illicit drugs as young adults. Experiencing the “high” without the stigma surrounding traditional forms of drug abuse can spur the urge to misuse their medication. Their abuse often goes undetected for longer periods of time due to the fact that addiction is more commonly associated with younger people.

It’s important to realize that prescription drugs are safe only when used under a doctor’s supervision. When they are misused, they can cause the same types of health issues and relationship problems associated with any other form of substance abuse. A business executive abusing prescription medication is just as in need of treatment as someone who is abusing illicit drugs.

Risk Factors and Signs of Executive Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is a complex medical issue, regardless of whether you’re abusing prescription medication or using illicit drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, heroin and hallucinogens.

Your vulnerability to drug addiction is determined by several interconnected risk factors:

  • Gender: Men are statistically more likely to struggle with substance abuse problems than women. However, the progression of addiction occurs more rapidly among female drug users.
  • Family History: Having parents, siblings or other close relatives who have struggled with addiction places you at a higher risk of drug abuse. This is due to both genetic and environmental risk factors.
  • Mental Health History: A history of depression or anxiety disorders places you at a higher risk of drug abuse, as people with these conditions often tend to turn to drugs as a form of self-medication. ADHD is also known to increase the prevalence of drug abuse.
  • Childhood Trauma: Childhood sexual, physical or emotional abuse can leave lasting scars which manifest in the form of drug abuse. Your vulnerability increases if you never received therapy to help you cope with the trauma.
  • Choice of Drug: Some drugs have a higher potential for addiction than others. Stimulants and painkillers, for example, are particularly addictive. Your preferred method of drug administration also plays a role. Studies have shown that smoking or injecting a drug increases the risk of addiction.

The signs of drug abuse include:

  • You place drug use on the same level as eating, sleeping and other essential survival behaviors. When you wake up, one of your first thoughts is how soon you’ll be able to use.
  • You take risks that jeopardize your career, your family and your friendships in order to pursue your drug use.
  • Your sleeping patterns have changed. You may find yourself sleeping more often than normal or suffering from chronic insomnia.
  • You no longer enjoy other activities that use to be of interest, such as a playing tennis or watching football with your friends.
  • You lie about your drug use when confronted by others. When confronted with your lies, you become defensive or physically aggressive.
  • If you’re unable to use the substance, you don’t feel as though you can control your behavior or think clearly.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse Among Business Executives

Alcohol abuse is the most common form of substance abuse in the United States. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports than 1 in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence.  However, since alcohol is legal and widely available, it’s often trickier for business executives to determine when their drinking has become problematic. A professional who regularly enjoys a few drinks at an evening business meeting and comes home to relax with a bottle of wine may not immediately realize that he has been drinking to excess.

Heavy alcohol use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on five or more days each month. This includes drinking at social occasions as well as drinking at home alone. The following are also widely considered warning signs of alcohol abuse:

  • You find yourself neglecting responsibilities at work, such as arriving late for meetings or missing deadlines. In some cases, you show up for work intoxicated or hungover.
  • You engage in risky behaviors when you drink, such as drinking and driving or seeking out unsafe sexual encounters.
  • You continue to drink heavily even though friends and family have expressed concern about your behavior or asked you to cut back on your alcohol consumption.
  • You drink to de-stress instead of relying on more productive coping strategies such as exercising, meditating or discussing your problems with a trusted friend.
  • Your tolerance for alcohol is increasing, leading you to drink more to obtain the same mood-altering effects.
  • When you are unable to drink you experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, shakiness, sweating, insomnia, depression, headaches and loss of appetite.
  • You want to stop drinking, but find it difficult to control your alcohol use on your own. When you see others drinking, you begin to experience a craving for alcohol.

Alcohol abuse among business executives often occurs in conjunction with some form of drug use. This can be dangerous because of the interactions between substances. For example, taking narcotic painkillers while drinking alcohol can slow heartbeat and breathing while drinking alcohol and taking cocaine can increase the risk of heart attack.

Simultaneous substance abuse is formally known as polydrug addiction. When someone suffers from polydrug addiction, both forms of addiction must be treated together to help the patient begin his or her path to recovery.

Consequences of Addiction

Addiction is defined as a craving for a specific substance, loss of control over the use of the substance and continued use of the substance regardless of the adverse effects. Untreated substance abuse problems have serious physical, emotional, professional, financial and legal consequences:

  • Physical: The physical consequences of addiction vary depending upon the substance that is being abused, but can include organ damage, hormonal imbalances and neurological deficits. Some of this damage is permanent, but many effects can be minimized by following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise after you’ve completed a treatment program.
  • Emotional: Addiction strains relationships with loved ones due to the tendency of substance abusers to place their drug or alcohol use above commitments to friends and family. The loss of personal ties in turn creates additional stress which can push the substance abuser further into addiction.
  • Professional: The law generally allows private employers to conduct drug tests on current employees when their positions carry safety risks or if the employer has a valid reason to suspect the employee is under the influence. Failing a drug test or refusing to comply with a test request could result in dismissal from your position. Finding a new position will be difficult, as the majority of employers in the United States require drug tests for all new employees.
  • Financial: It’s not uncommon for substance abusers to borrow from savings accounts or money set aside for general household living expenses. Some even max out credit cards, dip into retirement funds or empty a child’s college savings account. If left untreated, addiction can be a direct factor in the need to file for bankruptcy protection.
  • Legal: You may be arrested for driving under the influence, have your professional license revoked or end up with a criminal record that can severely limit your future employment prospects. Your legal troubles will likely result in fees and fines that can further add to your financial difficulties.

Dopamine’s Role in Addiction

drug abuse among business executives
One common misconception about substance abuse is that overcoming addiction is just a matter of willpower. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Prolonged drug or alcohol use alters your brain chemistry to result in cravings that make it impossible to quit by force of will alone.

To understand addiction, you must realize that your brain registers all forms of pleasure in the same way. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious meal, spending time with your spouse or taking a psychoactive drug, the neurotransmitter dopamine is released in to the nucleus accumbens. Lying beneath the cerebral cortex, the nucleus accumbens is commonly referred to as the brain’s pleasure center.

Substance abuse creates a surge of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens. According to Harvard Health Publications, addictive substances can release up to 10 times the level of dopamine that natural rewards do. These substances also create a quicker and more reliable form of dopamine release, which leads to the “high” that an abuser experiences.

alcohol abuse among business executives

Dopamine then interacts with another neurotransmitter, glutamate, to hijack the brain’s reward-related learning system. After repeated exposure, your brain becomes highly motivated to seek out this specific source of pleasure. As time passes, the motivation to use again eventually starts to take precedence over other activities you previously enjoyed. When this happens, you’ve crossed the line between simply liking something and becoming addicted to it.

Unfortunately, your body is developing a tolerance for the abused substance just as your brain is becoming more inclined to seek out the pleasurable dopamine release. This means you’ll need to take more of the drug or drink larger quantities of alcohol to experience the same mood-altering effects. This increase in tolerance is dangerous because it increases the risk of physical damage to the body due to substance abuse.

As tolerance increases, compulsion takes over. When the pleasure from the dopamine release subsides, the body immediately starts wanting to recreate the experience. This creates cravings that make it difficult to abstain from future substance abuse—regardless of your level of willpower.

Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment

drug use in executives

Sometimes, business executives struggling with substance abuse rationalize avoiding treatment by saying they haven’t hit rock bottom yet. Admitting you need help can feel overwhelming, but seeking treatment early is the best way to put yourself on the road to recovery. There’s no need to wait until you’ve lost it all to get the help you need. A proactive approach increases the odds of success.

Drug or alcohol addiction is considered a form of medical disability. This means that you are entitled to take a medical leave of absence from your employer in order to treat your substance abuse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without fear of losing your position, assuming you’ve been employed for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months before the date the leave is scheduled for. However, not all employers are covered by FMLA. A covered employer is typically defined as a public agency, public or private elementary or secondary school or a private sector employer with 50 or more employees. Small businesses are not required to provide FMLA leave due to the difficulty of keeping an employee’s position open with minimal options for replacement staff.

You will likely need to produce a note from your doctor stating the need for a medical leave of absence, but your doctor doesn’t need to state the reason why leave is necessary. If you do not feel your employer would be supportive, you are not obligated to disclose the reason for your absence. You have a legal right to privacy.

If you are not eligible for FMLA leave, or believe your employer will not be open to allowing a leave of absence, seeking an executive rehab center may be a viable alternative. These types of programs are designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and encourage patients to keep up with their work responsibilities while obtaining substance abuse treatment. They allow smartphones, laptops and other work-related tools to keep you connected to the outside world as much as possible. With an executive rehab, the goal is to help you learn to manage your addiction in the context of your daily life.

Executive rehab centers also offer another important advantage: strict adherence to patient confidentiality. Substance abuse is nothing to be ashamed of, but professionals in the public eye may prefer an environment where discretion is a priority. An executive rehab center lets you focus on your recovery without worrying about gossip damaging your reputation.

Getting the Help You Need at 12 Keys

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No matter how educated or successful you are, beating addiction requires professional help. To recover from substance abuse, you’ll need continuous assessment, personalized counseling and regular monitoring by trained professionals.

12 Keys Rehab offers clients medically assisted withdrawal help and mental or behavioral health counseling in a supportive environment, with special programs designed for clients with a dual diagnosis.  The facility is filled with amenities such as lush gardens, relaxing porches, large swimming pools and a waterfront view as well as organized activities such as fishing, beach volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Staff members are available 24/7 to provide the support needed to promote a healthy and productive sober lifestyle.

Recovering From a Relapse

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If you’ve been in treatment before and had a relapse, don’t give up. Setbacks don’t mean that you’ve failed or that your efforts to overcome your addiction are hopeless.

Addiction is not a character flaw or a personal weakness. It is a chronic illness. Much in the way that diabetes requires lifelong care, addiction is a condition that must be managed over time. You wouldn’t criticize a diabetic for a high blood sugar reading, so there’s no need to give up on your own recovery if you experience a relapse.

Sometimes, all you need is a different treatment approach to get back on track. Struggles with addiction are deeply personal, which means there is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach. It may take some time to find a method that works best for you. Strive to be patient and forgiving with yourself as you work through the recovery process.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse cites stress as a major risk factor for a substance-abuse relapse. If you’re struggling to stay sober, you may need additional assistance developing coping mechanisms that will work for your unique situation as a busy business executive. 12 Keys can help by offering compassionate and empathetic care from counselors with firsthand experience in the challenge of overcoming addiction. The 12 Keys program also includes extensive aftercare planning to assist clients in managing the stress of everyday living without turning to drugs or alcohol. Contact us today to start working towards lifelong sobriety.


Drug use at work: Higher than we thought

by Anne Fisher


February 3, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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More workers use heroin on the job than previously thought. Some of them fly planes. A sobering look at some of the latest workplace drug use stats.

By Anne Fisher, contributor

First, the good news, such as it is: The number of Americans using cocaine while at work has declined sharply in the past couple of years, falling 29% between 2008 and 2009 alone, to about .29% of the population.

Now, the more disquieting news: Since the federal government tightened testing requirements last October, drug testing of employees like pilots, airplane mechanics, and train operators has revealed that twice as many employees as previously believed are using heroin and the use of prescription painkillers on the job is soaring.

Oral fluid testing of 320,000 employees from the workforce overall, between January and June 2010, detected the heroin marker 6-acetylmorphine at a rate of 0.04%, a huge increase over the 0.008% that had been found through urine tests. Separately, from the time new federal standards went into effect last October through the end of 2010, the marker showed up in 20% more transportation workers than before.

“It’s still a low incidence rate,” says Dr. Barry Sample, who runs the employer drug testing business at Quest Diagnostics, which based its findings on the results of more than 350,000 random drug tests. “Even so, you don’t want to see anyone in a public safety role test positive.

“We’re also seeing dramatic increases in on-the-job use of prescription opiates like oxycodone and oxymorphone,” sold under the brand names Vicodin and Oxycontin, among others, he says. Results from more than 5.5 million tests showed an 18% jump in opiate positives between 2008 and 2009, and a rise of over 40% since 2005.

Post-accident employee drug tests are four times as likely to show employee use of opiates than pre-employment drug screening (3.7% post-accident versus .78% pre-employment, in the case of hydrocodone), suggesting that the substances have played a role in workplace accidents.

What’s causing workers to come to work impaired?

“Stress in the workplace, which can play a role in increased substance use, has amplified in recent years due to job insecurity and a trend toward working longer hours,” says a report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration.

The agency says that, of the 20.3 million adults in the U.S. classified as having substance use disorders in 2008 — the latest year for which figures are available –15.8 million were employed either full or part-time.

To combat the problem, most employers offer employee assistance programs (EAPs), including drug and alcohol counseling. There’s just one problem: Even employees who want to get help “are often reluctant because of fears that the counseling is not really confidential,” notes Ruth Donahue, a benefits specialist in the Chicago office of human resources consultants The Segal Company.

“That’s a particular concern in safety-sensitive jobs, where people know that even an inkling of a substance-abuse problem is grounds for immediate dismissal,” Donahue says.

The notion that seeking help from an EAP is risky is an unfortunate misperception: EAPs are designed to be truly confidential and are usually managed by outside providers who reveal nothing to employers.

“Even the billing, unlike medical-insurance claims, is completely anonymous,” says Donahue. “Employers need to convince people of that. They’re doing a better job of it recently, but we still have a long way to go.”

Drug use at work: Higher than we thought

by Anne Fisher


February 3, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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More workers use heroin on the job than previously thought. Some of them fly planes. A sobering look at some of the latest workplace drug use stats.

By Anne Fisher, contributor

First, the good news, such as it is: The number of Americans using cocaine while at work has declined sharply in the past couple of years, falling 29% between 2008 and 2009 alone, to about .29% of the population.

Now, the more disquieting news: Since the federal government tightened testing requirements last October, drug testing of employees like pilots, airplane mechanics, and train operators has revealed that twice as many employees as previously believed are using heroin and the use of prescription painkillers on the job is soaring.

Oral fluid testing of 320,000 employees from the workforce overall, between January and June 2010, detected the heroin marker 6-acetylmorphine at a rate of 0.04%, a huge increase over the 0.008% that had been found through urine tests. Separately, from the time new federal standards went into effect last October through the end of 2010, the marker showed up in 20% more transportation workers than before.

“It’s still a low incidence rate,” says Dr. Barry Sample, who runs the employer drug testing business at Quest Diagnostics, which based its findings on the results of more than 350,000 random drug tests. “Even so, you don’t want to see anyone in a public safety role test positive.

“We’re also seeing dramatic increases in on-the-job use of prescription opiates like oxycodone and oxymorphone,” sold under the brand names Vicodin and Oxycontin, among others, he says. Results from more than 5.5 million tests showed an 18% jump in opiate positives between 2008 and 2009, and a rise of over 40% since 2005.

Post-accident employee drug tests are four times as likely to show employee use of opiates than pre-employment drug screening (3.7% post-accident versus .78% pre-employment, in the case of hydrocodone), suggesting that the substances have played a role in workplace accidents.

What’s causing workers to come to work impaired?

“Stress in the workplace, which can play a role in increased substance use, has amplified in recent years due to job insecurity and a trend toward working longer hours,” says a report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration.

The agency says that, of the 20.3 million adults in the U.S. classified as having substance use disorders in 2008 — the latest year for which figures are available –15.8 million were employed either full or part-time.

To combat the problem, most employers offer employee assistance programs (EAPs), including drug and alcohol counseling. There’s just one problem: Even employees who want to get help “are often reluctant because of fears that the counseling is not really confidential,” notes Ruth Donahue, a benefits specialist in the Chicago office of human resources consultants The Segal Company.

“That’s a particular concern in safety-sensitive jobs, where people know that even an inkling of a substance-abuse problem is grounds for immediate dismissal,” Donahue says.

The notion that seeking help from an EAP is risky is an unfortunate misperception: EAPs are designed to be truly confidential and are usually managed by outside providers who reveal nothing to employers.

“Even the billing, unlike medical-insurance claims, is completely anonymous,” says Donahue. “Employers need to convince people of that. They’re doing a better job of it recently, but we still have a long way to go.”

Drug use at work: Higher than we thought

Disclaimer I- In no way am I glorifying, or am I advocating you partake in the illegal activities of Narcotics Trafficking/Manufacturing, or any of its derivatives, ie Money Laundering, RICO Conspiracies, etc. It can be hazardous, stressful, and detrimental to your health. That being said, it can deliver on riches beyond your wildest dreams, and it can destroy your entire world, simultaneously. In a blink of an eye…

Disclaimer II – Those of you who read this for informational purposes, may find it rather intriguing. For those who have lived this taxing life, it may bring some wretched ‘flashbacks’ you’d rather deal without, or for some, those old ‘visions of grandeur’, depending on your experience.  For those who haven’t participated in this world, you may think it is ‘far fetched, make believe, and in need of some truth even. Those are your thoughts, and you are entitled to them, but you would be wrong. For those of you who are from the “Wall Street” side of things,  you might find it intriguing that I’ve been mentored, have worked with, or have clients that are or were some of the wealthiest “Insiders” to walk the “Streets”. While those of you who are from the ‘Techie’ side, would be in amazement to find out that I go ‘way back’ with some of most brilliant minds who have ever graced the floors of Microsoft or Google. And I mean before those companies were “those companies”. 

To those of the “Underworld”, just know that I’ve played dice daily with America’s “Micheal Jordan of Murder”, while taking fashion lessons from the “Mayor of Harlem”, in which Hollywood made full feature films of his infamy.  And to top it off, as if we were competing at the time for the “Top 10 Award” of Narcotics Trafficking, our center of operations in the 90’s, took place in a neighborhood that became the worst and most feared, in a city that had become the Murder(per capita) Capitol of the USA. Again, let me reiterate, this was nothing to be proud of, and never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that these people’s live would lead them down that path of being the monsters they became. They were ‘regular guys’ who looked just like the common man. But in the end, they were real, and so were the perils we experienced. 

And for those who are part of the Federal Government’s “team”, you can just ask your team members about who I am, and what I have done. If you were on that side of the coin, I am pretty sure we have already had our differences in the past..so is the way of the ‘life’. It’s nothing personal. Just business. It is the only way someone who chases you day in and day out, waiting for you to make a mistake, can continue to function without actually wanting to end your life for making their job that much more difficult. Although, the same restraint is measured for the participant of the game, for it also takes a certain fortitude and strength to be able to have millions of  dollars of assets seized, your life ruined, and possible freedom taken, and you not want to reciprocate the same vitriol that was directed your way.

In the end, the debt was paid, and without those events, I wouldn’t be what, or where I am now. I have become a rare combination not found everyday. Maybe truly a ‘one of  a kind’.  I have become the Whisperer of Criminology, and I owe that to those of you who played on the other side of the line.

Preface – I went from aspiring high school talent in academics and sports to a specialist in the underworld, albeit while attending college. Then from a ‘chameleon’ in the corporate world and underworld operations, to becoming hunted by Federal Agents. Nothing to be appreciative of or to glorify, it was just the way things seemed to manifest themselves.

Long Story Short, well kinda. Gotta save most for the book – The most strenuous part of “the life” is when you become the “hunted”. ‘Hunted’….That truly is a very provocative word. A powerful one indeed. Nevertheless, it definitely describes what they do when they have you within their sights. “They” meaning the U.S. Government, and every agency at their disposal. And although the surveillance in our case was stretched over the course of months, our demise began a lot earlier that. Our case displays that no matter how solid of a ‘chain’ you think you possess, you are only as strong as your weakest link. And although the thought of the FBI actually hunting you is not a comforting one, we were happy to see them on that fateful day, for the alternative could have been far worse.

My story combines several multi million dollar sting Operations, over a hundred defendants, spread across the United States, as well Russia and Mexico. In addition to the FBI, and the DEA, later came Homeland Security, I.C.E, and last but never least, the IRS, for good measures. And the fact that I am here today is testament that only those who have ventured in, around, and eventually out of the ‘business’ could ever understand.

Fast forward to this operation, located in the Charlotte, NC area, with arms spreading in every direction from there. We were the Source. We were our own ‘Cartel’, as DEA agents so eloquently put it. They testified at my hearing that they had not seen ‘such a high tech’ operation in all their years. Man, do they ever pour it on when it is convenient. In all actuality, even though we were advanced, well financed and experienced manufacturers and traffickers, we were catching the Federal remnants of another multi-million dollar RICO sting called Operation Goldilocks, which tied in to the ‘Mexican Mafia’ and took down many associates that I either knew, played golf or basketball with, or would casually see out and about around town, in some form or manner.

Having been an entrepreneur in the Commercial Real Estate and Construction business,I was well connected, but always paranoid. When you broker deals all over the world, you eventually take on the role of a catalyst or a ‘fixer’, and you get calls from any and everyone. And I do mean any and everyone. I was always leery of my constituents listening to deals I was constructing or closing on. I brought that paranoia over to the Underworld, and utilized the Kryptos technology for all of our communications.

I became de facto CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Kryptos utilizes military grade 256-bit AES encryption for voice communications, so we knew we our phones weren’t being tapped, and whatever they were able to snatch over the waves, was going to sound like garbled ‘Peanuts’ talk anyway. We all were from major cities, worldly, connected, had participated in more than one ‘rodeo’ in our lives, had either family members or loved ones who worked for any of the various Federal agencies, could spot a tale a mile away, and kept our circles extremely tight. At least we thought. But, as you will read, it is such arrogance that contributed to the unraveling of our ‘business’ further down the road.

You see, what we didn’t know was that Charlotte had become “The Epicenter” of the South’s Drug trade, and number one on the Feds list. This sleepy little banking town known for it’s Panthers, and it’s Bobcats, had turned into a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

In a matter of 10 years (2002-2012) Charlotte spawned a tumultuous Real Estate Scandal called “Operation Wax-house“, had been host to another Mexican Mafia Operation that the Feds unraveled, hosted the DNC ( Democratic National Convention, which utilizes all the current top flight technology), and now, in dealing with us, had their very own version of ‘Savages’ to contend with. And there was no way, after bringing the demise of the Mexican Cartels that took up residence here, as well as the Greek and Russian mobsters who ran the club scenes, were they going to let a bunch of corporate gangsters, no matter how “brilliant” they appeared to be, outwit them and the unlimited resources allocated to the case, if they had anything to do with it.

So it didn’t take long for them to grow weary of running into dead ends, and to start utilizing the good old fashioned, ‘for sure to work’ method of cracking cases- by turning someone who get’s arrested into a full fledged informant. A SOI (Source of Information).But not just any old person. That won’t do. No, they needed something bigger. One of the founders. Boy, did they ever hit the Jackpot with him. And that is how this turned from just being investigated, to being hunted.

One of our guys, my best friend at the time sad to say, had gotten himself involved with cocaine. No offense to those who deal with it, in usage or business, but it just wasn’t our forte. We wanted to get an edge on the Marijuana market. In our minds we were “legit businessmen” and wanted to be well established once marijuana became medicinally legal here. To truly get a jump on the market. It definitely seemed simple enough. So, we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into equipment and training, and created a multi-million dollar marijuana enterprise. Marijuana so potent that the Mexicans, and the Russians wanted in. But we were a tight knit group, deeply rooted, and were able to keep them at bay, for a while at least. Until things got tricky. Really tricky.

Unbeknownst to us, the debt my best friend brought with him from his past, was staggering. Enough that he had already brokered back door deals with the Russians. And anybody, and I do mean anybody who has ever dealt with anything on this level, knows that under no circumstances do you carry a an ‘extended bill with the Mafia. Once you get into that ‘territory’, this thing takes on a ‘family’ feel. If you get my drift.

His lack of discipline, and failure to abide by the code, exposed us to far greater dangers than just the FEDS. Now that WE ( yeah, that’s how they operate) owed the Russians, for untold amounts of product he was consigned (fronted), we were partners, until the debt was payed. So, as fate would have it, we would have to befriend the Mexicans in order to keep things copacetic, and to have a little more ‘manpower’ until we eliminated our debt. Imagine that for a second. A potpourri of ‘made men’ from all races working toward a common goal. If only we could have pulled it off for something legal.

We took care of everything and were able to keep things amicable until we made everyone whole. OK, to be brutally honest, a tad bit better than whole. But, in those situations you have but one choice, and only one choice. Do what you must to make things ‘right’, and then you never have to worry about looking over your shoulder. At least not from any organizations that don’t carry badges.

We cleared the debt just in the nick of time you might say. Ultimately, the fear of the unknown, and the stress of reluctantly placing all of his friends, family, and business partners in danger was too much to bare. He got sloppy, and got himself arrested. But we weren’t aware at the time. We had no clue that our guy had been caught and released’ by the Feds. Why, with pulling off the Mexican and Russian collaboration, and creating 15 hybrid strains of marijuana, we thought were bulletproof. Nothing could phase us.

Needless to say, he totally lulled us to sleep from within. He set us all up for the take. GPS on everyone’s vehicles. Pole Cameras in front of every warehouse and property, drones when cameras weren’t feasible. They even attempted running parallel tales on me one beautiful spring day, but backed off when I discovered they were following me (Good ol CIA ex girlfriend) around. But, we still didn’t shut it down. The word was just given to lighten the load. Make less product. Arrogant S.O.B’s you might say. Or just plain stupid at the time.

I remember the day that I was arrested. I was alone waiting for my business mate to pull up in front of the warehouse to pick up a package. I was by myself, in a warehouse with millions of dollars of unharvested marijuana. Ten thousand square feet of 3 foot tall plants that had been manicured and meticulously cared for like Crown Jewels. But, here I was, on my ‘day off’ doing him a ‘small favor’. I never sold anything to anyone. Ever. Not my sector. Here I was breaking my own rules.

I remember stepping outside to meet my partner, and then we started chatting. What came next was surreal, and still to this day is a blur. I remember him asking me if those guys that were in the black trucks coming down the street from the East and West were friends of mine. There were trucks coming from both sides of the street. SUV’s, Sedans, and caravans. Immediately I started going through scenarios in my head. Was it the Russians who couldn’t leave well enough alone? Was it the Mexicans who simply would not take ‘No’ for an answer. Or was it some new group who we inadvertently somehow left off our list? Too many thoughts plowing through my head. I thought I was dead. No weapon. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. It wasn’t until after the guys started yelling, calling my name, in English and telling me to get down on the ground and threatening to shoot ( I was in a daze, and wasn’t moving fast enough) did I realize that they were agents. Then, all a sudden there was a relief that came over me as looked around at a combination of agents and police. I later heard that there were 6 simultaneous busts for our case. At various places throughout the city. Each team sporting about 15 to 20 combined forces. Warrants issued, suspects hunted down and captured. What had been a true decades roller coaster ride for the ages, had come to an end.

So, in the end, if you are in the life, make plans for your ‘exit strategy’, and implement them ASAP. You know, as well as anyone reading this dissertation, that nothing good last forever, and when it comes, it will never come the way you plan. Proven fact. If you have been fortunate and once were a participant of the ‘game’, and somehow you are not serving life in prison, and are alive and breathing, and no longer are a participant, count your yourself extremely lucky. Irish even. And, if you are just here for entertainment purposes- understand that this life is not a game. Read the books. Watch the movies and TV shows. There are enough of them on to give you at least a gist of what that life is about without you searching for adventure. Finally, if you are a director, script writer, novelist, or actor that wants to do something that has never been done, don’t hesitate to email me. We can create something that will leave the world asking for more. And it is all real...Doesn’t get that easy in your day job..Ever. Take it from someone who knows…

In a single word, being a drug dealer was exhilarating. Immense rewards, more than I realized at the time, but also unbelievable stress, unavoidable paranoia, and most difficult of all, an existence in a world that does not ‘exist’ by traditional standards.

I can’t speak to what it’s like peddling product on the street or life as a cartel kingpin. But I can tell you what my experience of being a mid level trafficker was like. My entry into trafficking came about suddenly and ended just as quickly, turning those years into blazing memories, grandiose and traumatic. It’s not easy to put into words and probably best said through experience.

Towards the end of my freshman year at a California college, I found out that you could successfully ship weed. But that was only part of the puzzle. What made this all possible was a friend at a prestigious Ivy League school on the East Coast.

We eventually scraped together enough money to buy a quarter pound before the end of the school year. Roughly 1200 dollars at the time and I sent it to my counterpart. It was enjoyed by a small group of friends and that was it. While the profit margin on selling a QP wasn’t bad, several hundred dollars, it wasn’t enough to make clear that putting in the work to build the infrastructure could be more than worthwhile. It was one of the critical move that led to me and this best friend and partner spending the next few years of our lives fine-tuning our trafficking craft.

That summer, I spent in New York, where I was working for a prominent plaintiffs law firm. Already my third summer of working at a law firm, I was dedicated to going to law school and becoming an attorney. But another critical experience put me on the path towards trafficking. While out with my friends one night, we were hassled be police after a fight. Having weed on my person meant I would be spending the night in NY’s central lockup.

The only white person booked that night made for a lot of conversation. Mostly revolving around the unfortunate circumstances that led to our arrests. But more importantly, the discussions over weed prices in various states, sealed in my mind an opportunity too good to pass up.

Fast-forward two years; I had made enough connections that I was able to secure a ‘front’. For those who don’t know what that means; you give me a pound, I give you the money two weeks later. This is how most weed is sold, as small time distributers or beginning traffickers don’t usually have the cash to pay for product upfront.

While I now had the connection to get product without paying upfront, I still had to convince my friend that he could sell a pound. At that point, neither of us had any idea. And the idea of sending 3500 worth of weed, through the mail with no guarantee that it would get there or any guarantee that it would sell, was nerve-wracking to say the least. But I was young and foolish, eager to make money, and willing to take the risk.

With much relief, the pound arrived at our address back East and while it took twice as long to sell than we expected, the profit margin was some 35% of the investment. Giving us a taste of what was to come.

By junior year, my friend and I were basically supplying the entire school with our weed. We were selling three pounds a week minimum. But we were starting to exhaust our residential mailing addresses and struggling to return cash to California in a timely manner. Our sales were limited only by our trafficking infrastructure as opposed to our capital, because at this point, my connections were happy to supply the product.

Sometime around the end of the first semester junior year is when we started losing product. We lost our first package, a three pack worth roughly 12 grand which was a substantial hit and easily cut our cash on hand in half. Common sense might have told us to quit while ahead. But we (by this point) were still willing to take astronomical risks because how else can two unemployed colleges students make three grand a week? So after letting any heat die down, we went back to business.

Coming back to the second semester, we caught two fairly large breaks in both intelligence and connections. Not only did we find a way to pass commercial shipping security tests, we secured an ‘in’ at the Law School mailroom where we could send literally any amount of packages – and for the next several years, we never lost product to this location.

Towards the end of our Junior year, we had solved a lot of our risk issues and had been able to increase our shipments to 5 pounds a week (sometimes more). Saving up enough cash so that our prices in California allowed us to make some 2 grand on average per pound.

We were eager to make the rest of the school year count and knew that several major events were coming up. This is when cocaine came into the picture. Mostly through luck, we had stumbled upon an excellent cocaine connection. Not only was the product top notch, it was cheap as hell. It was however in Texas, not a convenient location but that didn’t stop us from packing our bags and driving overnight to Texas to buy our first kilo.

That first purchase made for a risky investment, having to spend 22 grand on a kilo of cocaine for only a few events we knew were prime for that product. Why risk didn’t factor into the investment, I’m not really sure. We were so determined to squeeze every ounce of profit out of this school, we lost sight of what reasonable risk, even by drug dealing standards, was. We were on a path and there was no turning back. Once you’re in the game, there are no easy exits.

Buying the cocaine turned out to be a huge mistake. One, we didn’t allow ourselves enough time to build a clientele or distribution. And on top of that, it tied up all our capital in product meaning that we went back on front for weed and our prices suffered. We had to discount our cocaine just to move it before the end of the semester, meaning our investment didn’t play out quite as we had expected. Caveat, Ivy leaguers buy a lot of coke before finals.

So while my friend, a finance major, for the investment, blinded by ‘potential’ returns, reality played out quite differently. We made a scant profit on a 20 thousand dollar investment. Hardly worth the time or risk.

By the end of junior year, we had done well but made some critical mistakes. We had established a viable trafficking system but lost considerable product. Not a deal breaker but substantial. Money packages had been replaced by expensive flights that were taking a toll on my health and academics.

We had built a distribution network and made our connections a lot of money. Having moved upwards of a million dollars worth of product over the school year. We calculated that over 100 thousand was spent cumulatively through living and business expenses mostly in the form of flights, shipping and prepaid cell phones. But we had lived lavishly that year and were able to split some 50+ grand going into the summer. I spent the first month of the summer working in a law firm, my last stint in the legal profession after some four summers. I spent the next two months in Bali.

When senior year rolled around I was feeling ambivalent but still very committed. But stress was starting to take a toll, my grades were shit, and while I wasn’t overly paranoid, the sight of a cop would make my heart skip a beat. I was 23 and my hair was starting to turn grey.

None of those signs caused me to slow down though; our business was flowing smoothly, selling the usual 5 pounds a week, sent to the mailroom of course. We were sending a few additional pounds to various residential locations and had invested in a safe house where we kept cash and product.
We had finally established a distribution network for cocaine, and that quickly started to pay off. The business wasn’t booming but it was turning more than 50% profit margin. But the toll of operating this business was really starting to add up. What started as a profitably hobby was turning into a full time profession.

But our business wasn’t without problems. We were losing too many of our cash packages, at a tune of 10 grand apiece. Often times almost a week’s worth of work. But our weed was still getting there no problem so we moved more and more towards flights. My partner, who was a more serious student, was less willing to fly and more willing to lose cash, while I was the opposite.
Consequently, I spent a lot of time in the air. I’d travel to a location, pick up cash, and fly back with 40 grand strapped to my chest. I had already written off school as a determinant for my future and was disillusioned with education through my experiences trafficking – convinced in part, that I had a future as drug dealer for life.

I was living out of multiple locations around the Bay Area and had bought a new car for 30 grand. Spending money on friends and expensive dinners, lavish purchases and non-business related travel. Life was good. So we expanded.

We started selling weed in Texas. The clientele was there, the market was there, but building the infrastructure was tricky. On a one way flight out of Texas, I was nearly stopped by a TSA agent, and then allowed to move forward only because the line was backing up. In retrospect, it was a very close call, I had a lot of cash strapped to my chest and legs.

Our business at school was going well and as we moved through the second semester, we were poised to leverage any possible profits. On one successful weekend, over prominent school events, we sold a kilo of cocaine and 7 pounds of weed. After a few sleepless days, I flew back to California with 60 grand on my person.

But as school started to wind down, so did our sales. Concerned about our ability to carry on our successfully operations past graduation, we moved into Texas more and more aggressively. Our market was unlimited but we were confined by our shipping limitations and our Texas connection’s cash flow.
Luckily our connection in Texas had close ties with cartel members whose attention we had caught. They requested that we put together a small pack; the only problem, this was outside of our wheelhouse, and we did not have the personnel to transport large quantities of weed.

By now, the business was clearly taking a toll on my person. It was clear that I wouldn’t be graduating this June, and what had started out as general stress  had turned into unexpected and full-fledged panic attacks. I had trouble sleeping at night and started relying on over the counter sleep medication to rest.

After much deliberation, we did the unthinkable, putting together a plan to sell 50 pounds in Texas over spring break. The plan was not easy to execute. We had exactly one week to make it happen. My partner flew to California with all the cash we had “out of state”. The plan was to use his parents Jeep while they were away for the week to drive to Texas and drop off the product then he fly back to school while I would then fly to Texas and drive the car and cash back to California.

I greeted my friend at the Airport and we went back to his house. Collecting our cash and heading up to Humboldt where I was meeting our California connection. After many hours, driving around looking at our options, we finally settled on product and spent two hours vacuum sealing the weed so that I could drive it back to the Bay Area. I left just before dark, for a 7-hour drive after eating just an apple for the day.

I was unbelievably nervous. I had never driven that much weed before and the only way from Humboldt to the Bay Area is through a stretch of road called the Gauntlet which should speak for itself. I had one spotter driving in front, and another behind me. The hours passed slowly as I weaved through traffic in the dark, often losing my spotter and trailing car. I left my partner’s house at 7am that morning and finally returned at 1am the next day. But this was just the beginning. I spent the rest of the night and the next morning vacuum sealing the product and packing the car. Then my friend left for Texas.

A few nerve-wracking days later, he arrived at the location, where things got off to a bumpy start. Our connection lost a small amount of product in an unfortunate robbery situation, but the cartel purchased the rest of our product for just over 200 grand. We were more than half way there. I arrived the next night in Texas at 12am. My friend picked me up at the airport and we went back to a location outside of Houston. For the first time in my life, I held nearly a quarter million dollars in cash. A triumph to say the least, I was 23 years old.

I left at 4am that morning without sleeping. There was not a single car on the road. Then out of nowhere, a car starts trailing me. Seconds later, lights flash and that car is pulled over. I can only assume that the cop pulling over the only other car on the road, in Texas, in the middle of the night, was coming for my car with California license plates. Without an option, I pushed on rattled, knowing that I very well might have made one of the worse decisions of my life. I drove from Houston to the Bay Area in 27 hours. Stopping only to nap for an hour at a time – so exhausted and sleep deprived that when I would awake from a nap, it would take what seemed like an eternity to figure our where I was and what I was doing. Thinking about it still makes me nauseous to this day.

How did I get here? What was I doing? I do not know. The gravity of the situations I found myself in, the effort that went into planning our deals, was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. My partner and I found ourselves only a few deals away from supplying a major cartel with quality weed from California. There was some talk of turning back, some reflection into our futures, and then the determination that you don’t come this far just to quit. Once you’re in the game, there is no letting go, there are no easy exits.

I arrived in California much relieved and with two shoeboxes full of cash, stashed safely in my parents house. Our business with the school had more or less ended, or wasn’t worth the effort and we settled in for a brief vacation. But we were poised to take over. We had a brief window of time before our California connection was leaving the country for several months. Anxious not to let the prospect die, we orchestrated an even bigger transaction, some 150 pounds for over half a million dollars.

But things had changed considerably, having survived our Texas trip, my friend and I refused to make the journey, arguing that as the main connections between California and Texas, we were too important to be transporting the product. Fortunately our California connections were able to secure transport at a hefty but reasonable rate. It was getting late in the season and prices were less than favorable. But we were able to source product that made the deal worthwhile. And after investing 200 grand of our hard earned money, the pack left California.

But somewhere along the border of Mexico our driver was pulled over. Brandishing a California driver license in a car with Texas plates, he never stood a chance and is still serving time. My only regret is that we were confident enough to put everything we had into the deal. You might say our luck had run out, and after getting one of the worst calls of my life, the deal was canceled. I was broke.

My trafficking business ended just as quickly as it started. Everything we had worked for over the past two years vanishing suddenly. I was lost and scared. Having completely abandoned interest in a professional career or a real job, my resume hadn’t been updated in two years. I was basically unemployable as we headed into a severe financial crisis.

I tried momentarily to rebuild our business but was exhausted and emotionally depleted. It was more difficult for me to accept the finality of this situation that my friend who was more apt for the professional world with good grades and a masters in finance. He had also been receiving considerable allowance from his parents while we had both been living off drug money. Saving considerably over the past two years.

The next year, I claimed only 5000 dollars worth of income. But at the very least, I had bought enough toys to keep myself entertained and I still had my car, for which I struggled to make the final payments, while I lived at my parent’s house. Out of desperation, I confessed to my parents who somehow, had no idea.

What I found remarkable is what we were able to build through hard work and determination. What’s it like to be a drug dealer? It means the things you see, people you encounter, and the life you lead have little foundation in reality. The risks are immense and the rewards, even greater.

We had reached a point, where we couldn’t turn back and to this day, I don’t know whether it was about the money or if it was the rush. After the first Texas trip, I realized that it wasn’t just about money, drug dealing is gambling with your life, a most sadistic rush.

But selling drugs was the best preparation I could have asked for, entering the real world. Now equipped to handle situations that it takes others years to prepare for. More than anything, selling drugs taught me to believe in myself and what I’m capable of. It taught me to trust my instincts and how to make difficult decisions.

I was the kid in high school that teachers and good students wrote off. But looking back, even with my stint as a drug dealer, few people in my past can compare successes to that which I have experienced. Of course with that success came immense failure for better or for worse. And the toll it took on my health and psyche probably wasn’t worth it. But had it not been for those experiences I wouldn’t be where I’m at now.

After some time, I was fortunate enough to land an excellent position at a startup in LA that suits my personality perfectly. My friend and I reminisce fondly, wondering what life would have been like had that one deal gone through.

James Altucher 
James Altucher, Blogger, author, social media, investor, wall street investor

We want you to come out here and interview “Freeway Rick Ross” on stage.


I was talking to Jayson Gaignard. I don’t really know anything about anything so Jayson had to explain and then I looked up Rick. And then I got obsessed.

Rick Ross had sold about a billion dollars worth of crack cocaine during his “career”.

I read every book. I read his autobiography. I read about a dozen articles. I watched three documentaries.

I flew out to Jayson’s Mastermind Talks in Napa Valley.

Seth Godin has great advice about speaking at conferences: If you speak at a conference either do it for free because you love it, or charge FULL RETAIL.

I flew out to Jayson’s conference for free.

I was really nervous because I knew I had nothing at all in common with Rick. Maybe he would hate me. Some nerdy Jewish guy who thinks he knows everything.

I had written down about 100 questions but I knew I wouldn’t look at my notes during the interview. I then rewrote them from memory. And then rewrote them again.

I knew the questions I rewrote the most were the ones that were probably most interesting to me.

There were many things I didn’t care much about: politics, legal issues, the Iran-Contra situation (Rick was fooled by the CIA into providing drug profits to the Contras).

The rise of gang violence was an issue so before the interview I had lunch with Rick and asked about that.

He told me that while he was there, everyone working for one cause: making money, and they knew that if homicide police came in then that would be the end of the money.

“There was less gang violence when I was in charge,” he said, “because we were all getting rich”.

We had a great interview that lasted an hour and the result will be on my podcast within the next few weeks.

Rick Ross’s most active years were from 1981-1988. Basically a billion dollars worth of crack went through his organization. His connection was from Nicaragua. His distribution were all the gangs that he grew up with in South Central LA.

His family broke up when he was four. He grew up amidst non-stop violence. He watched his uncle kill his aunt. Gang violence was every day.

He didn’t learn to read or write so when he was 18 he was kicked out of high school and kicked off the tennis team where he was an aspiring champion. That was his one chance, he felt, to get out of the ghetto.

He was on the street and needed to make money without an education, a family, and the ability to read or write.

He asked an ex high school teacher for advice on how he could make money. The teacher suggested he sell drugs.

So he sold drugs. And instead of spending his profits, Rick kept doubling and doubling until all the other dealers were now buying from him and Rick was using his scale to drive his own costs down.

Eventually he was the main connection in all of the United States, buying up to $5 million worth of cocaine A DAY.

The podcast will have the guts of the interview. But I was impressed how soft-spoken, ready to answer, and humble Rick was.

He had spent, in various periods, close to 20 years in jail. Now his main goal was to lecture kids in jail and school how to avoid the situation he was in.

Here’s what I gather were his main rules on leadership. How to lead a billion dollar organization where many of the people below him (“all of them”, Rick said and the crowd we were in front of laughed) carried guns.


“I wanted the same for them and for them to even surpass me.”

They might not always take it. But give them the chance to be as successful as you and they will take that example to the people below them.


This sounds strange coming from a drug kingpin but there aren’t any lawyers or courts to track down liars. Honesty is the law in that game.

When there are lawyers, people lie and deceive and betray. When everything is based on your word and everyone is carrying guns, honesty is the rule.

“If there was any funny business, I’d rather not deal with them anymore, or be very careful with them in the future.”


Nobody ever saw Rick being flashy. He was so low key that even when he was running almost a half billion dollars a year, the police had no idea what he looked like.

Part of this was a decentralized structure. People several layers below him in the organization would not have any contact with him and would have to deal with conflicts at their level.

“I had to show by example how to manage, so the people underneath me would know what to do instead of me being always involved.”


Rick arranged the top level contacts between his sellers and his buyers. Then he stepped back.

Everything else had to be dealt with by the people who worked for him and the people who worked for them.

“Everyone knew what they had to do.” And if they didn’t, they stopped being part of the food chain.


Again: odd advice from a mega drug lord.

Rick poured many of his profits back into his neighborhood.

This was in part to give back, to contribute. But at the same time, it was strategic.

When he went to jail at one point and his bail was set at over a million dollars the million had to come from legitimate enterprises. So Rick could not supply his own bail.

Instead, every household on the block he grew up on, put up their own homes as bail in order to get Rick out of jail.

When you make it not about the money the benefits never stop since money is only a tiny byproduct of the reasons we live, we do things, we strive for success.


When things have the possibility of getting incredibly violent, reduce confrontation as quickly as possible.

Often Rick would simply pay off or write off any losses on people who were no longer fitting in with the organization, rather than have a confrontation with them.

Violence could bring in a whole new set of problems. Better to take a loss and move on and now worry about it.


It’s almost a cliche, but Rick told how he went to Cincinnati. Stayed with a friend and told him to invite ten of his friends over.

Then when everyone was there he gave everyone a free supply and told them if they were interested to come back in a week and buy the next batch.

Everyone came back. Sometimes the sooner you charge in a business, the quicker you put a ceiling on your potential for expansion. This is true whether your business is drugs or when Facebook was waiting to charge for ads.


“I always knew I was going to go to jail,” Rick said.

But he wasn’t going to sit around and wait for it to happen. He owned over a dozen houses so nobody knew where he was.

He barricaded the houses to with multiple iron fences so that it would take the police over an hour to smash their way in and by then everyone would be gone.

He would leave town for months at a time. He would put extra profits into “legitimate” businesses like a car parts company and hotels.

He always assumed the worst, so that’s how he was able to diversify all the potential ways he could succeed.

– – –

At the end of the interview Rick described how he learned how to read and write in prison.

He said that the US jail system spends $45,000 a year per prisoner but refuses to buy prisoners books.

He recommended the books, “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen. “Awaken the Giant Within” by Tony Robbins, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill and “The Richest Man in Babylon by Og Mandino.

He said that when he was broke and his mother was broke and his community was broke and he couldn’t read or write and had no education or prospects, this seemed like the only way out.

When asked what he could’ve have done differently he paraphrased, “The Richest Man in Babylon”.

When I was young I asked the most successful person I knew how I could make some money, he said.

He looked down for a few seconds. Looked back up at the audience. Paused.

“I asked the wrong person.”

To listen to my interview with Freeway Rick Ross click here.

Michael Santos
Michael Santos, Prison Consultant / Podcaster / Author / Speaker

I have many memories of what influenced me to traffic in cocaine, and I have memories of how I felt about the decisions I made.

Back in the mid 1980s, when I was in that reckless transition between adolescence and adulthood, I didn’t grasp the moral implications of selling cocaine.  Frankly, at the time, it didn’t even feel like I was committing a crime.  I equated my actions with the owners of speakeasies who sold alcohol to consenting adults during prohibition.

I remember watching shows like Miami Vice and Scarface.  They convinced me that I could enjoy a glamorous lifestyle, earning a large income while having fun.  I moved from Seattle to Miami in pursuit of that fantasy when I was 21.  It led to my driving Italian and German sports cars, having ocean racers, and a beach front lifestyle.  But it didn’t bring much in the way of happiness or fulfillment.

I wasn’t a drug user and I didn’t hang out with drug users.  For me, trafficking in cocaine was a way for a stupid kid like me to make money quickly.  It allowed me to live the illusion that I was something different from who and what I truly was.  Inside, I was just an insecure kid looking for a way to have external possessions define me.

In my book Earning Freedom, I wrote about the transition in prison.  The reality is, I found more peace in prison than I ever had as a drug trafficker.  That peace came through a disciplined strategy and a commitment to emerge with values, skills, and resources that would translate into success as a law-abiding, contributing citizen.  I learned that it isn’t fast money or possessions that define a man, but rather, an individual defines himself by his willingness to work and contribute to the making of a better society.



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