Dope Definitions

The next time you order a sandwich with mayo and lettuce, make sure you’re out of earshot of federal agents, who are getting up to speed on drug-related street slang with some help from the White House.

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The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Information Clearinghouse has posted a list of more than 2,000 drug terms culled from the Internet, press articles, and various agencies, according to “Leslie” at the ONDCP (where workers aren’t allowed to give out their last names).

Some of the terms are relatively innocent, others will give you a chuckle. But some of the definitions will leave you wondering if the government hasn’t been just a little too credulous. After all, how often have you heard about PCP mixed with peanut butter? Or PCP laced with gasoline?

We’ll just tell you up front that the mojo entry on the list has nothing to do with us. The following is a sampling to keep you in the know: Aroma of men: isobutyl nitrite

Balling: vaginally implanted cocaine

Bart Simpson: heroin

Beat artist: someone selling bogus drugs

Beavis & Butthead; Elvis; Felix the Cat; Pink Panther: LSD

Bogart a joint: salivate on a marijuana cigarette; refuse to share

Buck: shoot someone in the head

Buffer: crack smoker; woman who exchanges oral sex for crack

Casper the ghost: crack

Chipper: occasional Hispanic user

Chocolate ecstasy: crack made brown by adding chocolate milk powder during production

Closet baser: user of crack who prefers anonymity

Garbage heads: users who buy crack from street dealers instead of cooking it themselves

Geezin a bit of dee gee: injecting a drug

Graduate: completely stop using drugs OR progress to stronger drugs

Ground control: guide or caretaker during a hallucinogenic experience

Hamburger helper: crack

Hen picking: searching on hands and knees for crack

Highbeams: the wide eyes of a person on crack

Hot heroin: poisoned to give to a police informant

Hubba pigeon: crack user looking for rocks on a floor after a police raid

Jim Jones: marijuana laced with cocaine and PCP

Kabuki; Maserati: crack pipe made from a plastic rum bottle and a rubber sparkplug cover

Lettuce: money

Lipton tea: inferior quality drugs

Mayo: cocaine; heroin

Mojo: cocaine; heroin

Nontoucher: crack user who doesn’t want affection during or after smoking crack

Octane: PCP laced with gasoline

Pancakes and syrup: combination of glutethimide and codeine cough syrup

Peanut butter: PCP mixed with peanut butter

Pepsi habit: occasional use of drugs

Perp: fake crack made of candle wax and baking soda

Pig Killer: PCP

Pullers: crack users who pull at parts of their bodies excessively

Raspberry; Rock star; Toss up: female who trades sex for crack or money to buy crack

Roid rage: aggressive behavior caused by excessive steroid use

Sandwich: two layers of cocaine with a layer of heroin in the middle

Skin popping: injecting drugs under the skin

Snot balls: rubber cement rolled into balls and burned

Taxing: price paid to enter a crackhouse; charging more per vial depending on race of customer or if not a regular customer

Toilet water: inhalant

Toucher: user of crack who wants affection before, during, or after smoking crack

Tutti-frutti: flavored cocaine developed by a Brazilian gang

Yen sleep: restless, drowsy state after LSD use

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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