Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released a whole bunch of drug fact sheets, detailing the basics of a number of drugs from A to Z or close enough to A to Z—more like from amphetamines to U-47700. The fact sheets are part of the DEA’s Get Smart About Drugs (GSAD) program, focused on helping teachers, parents, and caregivers talk to kids about drugs.
For Outlaw Report readers looking for some of the over the top and ridiculous anti-drug propaganda of the past, you will be sorely disappointed. These fact sheets contain well, for the most part, actual facts and are a bit less histrionic than the ones anyone over the age of say, 30 likely endured via the D.A.R.E. program and adjacent anti-drug propaganda movies and television shows. These drug fact sheets are more like edgy anti-drug movies beloved by millennials such as Requiem For A Dream where the messaging and obsequious morality is cloaked in a little bit of “cool.”
For example, the fact sheet about marijuana (which the DEA uses instead of the more accurate—and less racist—word “cannabis”) lists the following “common street names” for cannabis: “Aunt Mary, BC Bud, Blunts, Boom, Chronic, Dope, Gangster, Ganja, Grass, Hash, Herb, Hydro, Indo, Joint, Kif, Mary Jane, Mota, Pot, Reefer, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Smoke, Weed, and Yerba.”
Aunt Mary? Gangster? Maybe this is how the DEA intends to get kids to not try drugs. It would be hard to imagine you’d ever end up actually scoring some weed if you wandered around asking people for some Aunt Mary or Gangster.