VERS LIBRE SmashStreet Poetry

Vers libre is an open form of poetry that follows the rhythm of natural speech. Contemporary Slam Poetry encourages and rewards the expression of marginalized voices and identities. Yet, on a national level in the USA, the audience is predominantly white, middle-class and under 40 years old.
Tristan's Moon Art Installation (detail of iconic mannequin boy-figure's arm)

Vocabulary is commonly defined as "all the words known and used by a particular person." A person's vocabulary is often used as a benchmark within educational arenas to denote a person's achievement, status even. For instance, the vocabulary size of college-educated speakers is estimated at about 8000 words and that of first-year college students (high-school educated) at about 5000 words.

Even just a glance at young male survivors known & used vocabulary, reveals they possess a significant word count (see list below). They are also able to skillfully place words to form relationships and convey particular meaning. The survivors creative manipulation of syntax and polysemous words, allows them to reveal highly complex social relationships even when utilizing only 26
of their known & used words.  For instance:

Same place you find the drugs, you will find the boys not far behind. Same place you find the boys, you will find the tricks not far behind. Same place you find the tricks, you will find THEIR wives, girlfriends, lovers, husbands, children, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, colleagues, friends and foes, not far behind.

Writing Poetry is Fucked,
a poem by Terry Berry

you don’t even know what a tyler berry is.

cuz normal people are dum.

a tyler berry is junkie talk.

means lsd and gasoline. lite my fire.

hahahaha i hate poetry cuz it sux.

they make me write it. poetry

is so fag. i am writing this poem

to get tim off my back. i told him

nobody wants to hear what i know

so he dared me to write this.

i was going to make a video but

i eat shit at everything i try to do.

it all explodes tweety birds.


mdma. air blasts and u just explode.

inhalants. artillery (needles).

kibbles and bits are small crumz of crack.

kiddie dope is prescription drugs.

hiv means heroin is viscious and

you will explode and get yr hiv

on the walls. a kicker is oxycontin.

the five way is heroin and coke

and meth and rohypnol and wiskey.

tix tac is pcp and it rimes itself

with hiv. in my world everything

fucking explodes. people feed on

their own ash. i am really damyan

and i am 13. this is my stupid

poem so r u happy now ?

A partial list of young male survivors known and used vocabulary from which they draw on to create their SmashSlam poetry.

a-bomb - Marijuana cigarette with heroin or opium

a-boot - Under the influence of drugs

abandominiums - Abandoned row houses where drugs are used

abe - $5 worth of drugs

abe’s cabe - $5 bill

abolic - Veterinary steroids

ac/dc - Codeine cough syrup

acapulco gold - Marijuana from S.W. Mexico

acapulco red - Marijuana

ace - Marijuana cigarette

acid - LSD

acid cube - Sugar cube containing LSD

acid freak - Heavy user of LSD

acid head - User of LSD

acido - Hallucinogens; LSD

ad - drug addict

adam - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

aeon flux - Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

afgani indica - Marijuana

african - Marijuana

african black - Marijuana

african bush - Marijuana

african woodbine - Marijuana cigarette

agonies - Withdrawal symptoms

ah-pen-yen - Opium

aimes - Amyl nitrite

aimies - Amphetamine; amyl nitrite

aip - Heroin from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan

air blast - Inhalants

airhead - Marijuana user

airplane - Marijuana

al capone - Heroin

alice b. toklas - Marijuana brownie

all lit up - Under the influence of drugs

all star - User of multiple drugs

all-american drug - Cocaine

alpha-et - Alpha-ethyltryptamine

ames - Amyl nitrite

amidone - Methadone

amoeba - PCP

amp - Amphetamine

amp head - LSD user

amp joint - Marijuana cigarette laced with some form of narcotic

amped - High on amphetamines

amped-out - Fatigue after using amphetamine

amphets - Amphetamine

amping - Accelerated heartbeat

amt - Dimethyltryptamine

amys - Amyl nitrite

anadrol - Oral steroids

anatrofin - Injectable steroids

anavar - Oral steroids

angel - PCP

angel dust - PCP

angel hair - PCP

angel mist - PCP

angel poke - PCP

angel powder - cocaine

angie - Cocaine

angola - Marijuana

animal - LSD

animal trank - PCP

animal tranq - PCP

animal tranquilizer - PCP

antifreeze - Heroin

apache - Fentanyl

apple jacks - Crack Cocaine

are you anywhere? - Do you use marijuana?

aries - Heroin

arnolds - Steroids

aroma of men - Isobutyl nitrite

around the turn - Having gone through withdrawal period

artillery - Equipment for injecting drugs

ashes - Marijuana

aspirin - Powder cocaine

assassin of youth - Marijuana

astro turf - Marijuana

atom bomb - Marijuana mixed with heroin

atshitshi - Marijuana

aunt - Powder cocaine

aunt hazel - Heroin

aunt mary - Marijuana

aunt nora - Cocaine

aunti - Opium

aunti emma - Opium

aurora borealis - PCP

author - Doctor who writes illegal prescriptions

b - Amount of marijuana to fill a matchbox

b-40 - Cigar laced with marijuana and dipped in malt liquor

b-bombs - Amphetamines; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

b.j.’s - Crack Cocaine

babe - Drug used for detoxification

baby - cocaine

baby - Marijuana

baby bhang - Marijuana

baby habit - Occasional use of drugs

baby t - Crack Cocaine

babysit - Guide someone through first drug experience

babysitter - Marijuana

back breakers - LSD and strychnine

back dex - Amphetamine

back door - Residue left in a pipe

back jack - Injecting opium; to inject a drug

back to back - Smoking crack after injecting heroin or heroin used after smoking crack

backtrack - Allow blood to flow back into a needle during injection

backup - To prepare a vein for injection

backwards - Depressants

bad - Crack Cocaine

bad bundle - Inferior quality heroin; damaged heroin

bad go - Bad reaction to a drug

bad seed - Marijuana combined with peyote; heroin

badrock - Crack Cocaine

bag - Container for drugs; a package of drugs, usually marijuana or heroin; a person’s favorite drug

bag bride - Crack-smoking prostitute

bag man - Person who transports money; a person who supplies narcotics or other drugs, a pusher

bagging - Using inhalants

baked - high on marijuana

baker - Person who smokes marijuana

bale - Marijuana

ball - Crack cocaine; Mexican Black Tar heroin

balling - Vaginally implanted cocaine

balloon - Heroin supplier; a penny balloon that contains narcotics

ballot - Heroin

bam - Amphetamine; depressants

bamba - Marijuana

bambalacha - Marijuana

bambita - Desoxyn or amphetamine derivative

bambs - Depresants

bammies - A poor quality of marijuana

bammy - Marijuana

banana split - Combination of 2C-B (Nexus) with other illicit substances, particularly LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)

banano - Marijuana or tobacco cigarettes laced with cocaine

bang - Inhalants; to inject a drug

banging - Under the influence of drugs

bank bandit pills - Depressants

bar - Marijuana

barb - Depressants

barbies - Depressants

barbs - Cocaine

barnyard hay - Poor quality weed.

barr - Codeine cough syrup

barrels - LSD

bars - Heroin mixed with alprazolam

bart simpson - Heroin

basa - Crack cocaine

base - Cocaine; crack

base crazies - Searching on hands and knees for cocaine or crack

base head - A person who bases

baseball - Crack Cocaine

based out - To have lost control over basing

bash - Marijuana

basing - Crack Cocaine

basuco (spanish) - Cocaine; Coca paste residue sprinkled on regular or marijuna cigarette

bathtub crank - Poor quality methamphetamine; methamphetamine produced in bathtubs

bathtub speed - Methcathinone

batman - Mixing cocaine and heroin

batman - Cocaine; heroin

batmans - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

batt - IV needle; hypodermic needle

batted out - Apprehended by law

battery acid - LSD

batu - Smokable methamphetamine

bazooka - Cocaine; combination of crack and marijuana; crack and tobacco combined in a joint; coca paste and marijuana

bazulco - Cocaine

bc bud - Marijuana from British Columbia; synonymous with any high-grade marijuana from Canada

bdmpea - Nexus

beam - Cocaine

beam me up scottie - Cocaine (powder or crack) combined with PCP

beam me up scotty - PCP and crack

beamer - Crack smoker

beamers - Crack cocaine

bean - A capsule containing drugs; MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

beannies - Methamphetamine

beans - Crack Cocaine; mescaline; amphetamine; depressants

beast - Heroin plus LSD

beat - Crack Cocaine

beat artist - Person selling bogus drugs

beat vials - Viles containing sham crack to cheat buyers

beautiful boulders - Crack Cocaine

beavis & butthead - LSD

bebe - Crack Cocaine

bed bugs - Fellow addicts

bedbugs - Fellow addicts

beedies - Cigarettes from India (resemble marijuana joints/vehicle for other drugs)

beemers - Crack Cocaine

behind the scale - To weigh and sell cocaine

beiging - Chemicals altering cocaine to make it appear a higher purity; chemically altering cocaine to make it look brown

belladonna - PCP

belt - Effects of drugs

belted - Under the influence of a drug

belushi - Combination of cocaine and heroin

belyando spruce - Marijuana

bender - Drug party

bennie - Amphetamine

bennies - amphetamines

bens - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

benz - Amphetamine

benzedrine - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

benzidrine - Amphetamine

bermuda triangles - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

bernice - Cocaine

bernie - Cocaine

bernie’s flakes - Cocaine

bernie’s gold dust - Cocaine

bhang - Marijuana, Indian term

bibs - MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

bickie - ecstacy

big 8 - 1/8 kilogram crack

big bag - Heroin

big bloke - Cocaine

big c - Cocaine

big d - LSD

big doodig - Heroin

big flake - Cocaine

big h - Heroin

big harry - Heroin

big man - Drug supplier

big o - Opium

big rush - Cocaine

bikers coffee - Methamphetamine and coffee

bill blass - Crack Cocaine

billie hoke - Cocaine

bin laden - Heroin (after September 11)

bindle - Small packet of drug powder; heroin

bing - Enough drug for one injection

bingers - Crack addicts

bingo - To inject a drug

bings - Crack Cocaine

biphetamine - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

bipping - Snorting heroin and cocaine, either separately or together

birdhead - LSD

birdie powder - Cocaine; heroin

biscuit - 50 rocks of crack

bite one’s lips - To smoke marijuana

biz - Bag or portion of drugs

bjs - Crack Cocaine

black - Marijuana; opium; methamphetamine

black acid - LSD; LSD and PCP

black and white - Amphetamine

black bart - Marijuana

black beauties - Amphetamine; depressants

black beauty - Methamphetamine

black birds - Amphetamine

black bombers - Amphetamine

black cadillacs - Amphetamine

black dust - PCP

black eagle - Heroin

black ganga - Marijuana resin

black gold - High potency marijuana

black grandma - back tar heroin

black gungi - Marijuana from India

black gunion - Marijuana

black hash - Opium mixed with hashish

black hole - The depressant high associated with ketamine

black mo/black moat - Highly potent marijuana

black mollies - Amphetamine

black mote - Marijuana mixed with honey

black pearl - Heroin

black pill - Opium pill

black rock - Crack Cocaine

black russian - Opium mixed with hashish

black star - LSD

black stuff - Heroin; opium

black sunshine - LSD

black tabs - LSD

black tar - Heroin

black whack - PCP

blacks - Amphetamine

blade - Crystal methamphetamine

blanca (spanish) - Cocaine

blanco (spanish) - Heroin plus cocaine

blank - Container of nonnarcotic powder that is sold as heroin

blanket - Marijuana cigarette

blanks - Low quality drugs

blast - Cocaine; Smoke crack; Marijuana; smoke marijuana or crack

blast a joint - To smoke marijuana

blast a roach - To smoke marijuana

blast a stick - To smoke marijuana

blasted - Under the influence of drugs

blaxing - Smoking marijuana

blaze - to smoke marijuana

blazing - Smoking marijuana

bling bling - Methamphetamine

blizzard - A white cloud in a pipe used to smoke cocaine

block - Marijuana

block busters - Depressants

blonde - Marijuana

blotter - Crack cocaine; LSD

blotter acid - LSD; PCP

blotter cube - LSD

blow - Cocaine; to inhale cocaine; to smoke marijuana; to inject heroin

blow a fix/blow a shot - Injection misses the vein and is wasted in the skin

blow a stick - To smoke marijuana

blow blue - To inhale cocaine

blow coke - To inhale cocaine

blow one’s roof - To smoke marijuana

blow smoke - To inhale cocaine

blow the vein - To inject a drug

blow up - Crack cut with lidocaine to increase size, weight, and street value

blow your mind - Get high on hallucinogens

blowcaine - Crack diluted with procaine

blowing smoke - Marijuana

blowout - Crack

blows - Heroin

blue - Crack Cocaine; depressants; OxyContin

blue acid - LSD

blue angels - Depressants

blue bag - Heroin

blue barrels - LSD

blue birds - Depressants

blue boy - Amphetamine

blue bullets - Depressants

blue caps - Mescaline

blue chairs - LSD

blue cheers - LSD

blue clouds - Amytal (amobarbital sodium) capsules

blue de hue - Marijuana from Vietnam

blue devil - Depressants

blue devils - Methamphetamine

blue dolls - Depressants

blue heaven - LSD

blue heavens - Depressants

blue ice - Methamphetamine

blue kisses - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

blue lips - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

blue madman - PCP

blue magic - heroin

blue meth - Methamphetamine

blue microdot - LSD

blue mist - LSD

blue mollies - Amphetamine

blue moons - LSD

blue nile - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

blue nitro vitality - GBL-containing product

blue sage - Marijuana

blue sky blond - High potency marijuna from Colombia

blue star - Heroin

blue tips - Depressants

blue vials - LSD

blunt - Marijuana inside a cigar; cocaine and marijuana inside a cigar

bo - Marijuana

bo-bo - Marijuana

boat - 1000 pills of ecstasy

boat - PCP

bob hope - Dope-cannabis

bobby brown - Heroin

bobo - Crack Cocaine

bobo bush - Marijuana

body-packer - Individual who ingests wrapped packets of crack or cocaine to transport

body-stuffer - Individual who ingests crack vials to avoid prosecution

bogart a joint - Salivate on a marijuana cigarette; refuse to share

bohd - Marijuana; PCP

bolasterone - Injectable steroids

bolivian marching powder - Cocaine

bollo - Crack cocaine

bolo - Crack Cocaine

bolt - Amphetamine; isobutyl nitrite

bomb - Crack; heroin; large marijuana cigarette; high potency heroin

bomb squad - Name of crack-selling crew

bomber - Marijuana cigarette

bombido - Heroin; injectable amphetamine; depressants

bombita (spanish) - Heroin plus amphetamine; depressants

bombs away - Heroin

bone - Marijuana; $50 piece of crack; high purity heroin

bonecrusher - Crack Cocaine

bones - Crack Cocaine

bong - Pipe used to smoke marijuana

bonita (spanish) - Heroin

boo - Marijuana; methamphetamine

boo boo bama - Marijuana

book - 100 dosage units of LSD

boom - mushrooms

boom - Marijuana

boomers - Psilocybin/psilocin; LSD

boomers - mushrooms

boost - Crack Cocaine; to steal; to inject a drug

boost and shoot - Steal to support a habit

booster - To inhale cocaine

boot - To inject a drug

boot the gong - To smoke marijuana

booted - Under the influence of drugs

booze - alcohol

bopper - Crack cocaine

boppers - Amyl nitrite

botray - Crack Cocaine

bottles - Crack vials; amphetamine

boubou - Crack Cocaine

boulder - Crack Cocaine; $20 worth of crack

boulya - Crack Cocaine

bouncing powder - Cocaine

box labs - Small, mobile, clandestine labs used to produce methamphetamine

boxed - In jail

boy - Cocaine; heroin

boy-girl - Heroin mixed with cocaine

bozo - Heroin

brain damage - Heroin

brain pills - Amphetamines

brain ticklers - Amphetamine

brea (spanish) - Heroin

bread - Money

break night - Staying up all night on a cocaine binge until daybreak

breakdown - $40 of crack cocaine that can be broken down into $20 packages

brewery - Place where drugs are made

brick - Crack Cocaine; cocaine; marijuana; 1 kilogram of marijuana

brick gum - Heroin

bridge or bring up - Ready a vein for injection

britton - Peyote

broccoli - Marijuana

broja - Heroin

broker - Go between in a drug deal; heavy drug user

bromo - Nexus

brown - Marijuana; heroin; methamphetamine

brown bombers - LSD

brown crystal - Heroin

brown dots - LSD

brown rhine - Heroin

brown sugar - Heroin

brown tape - Heroin

brownies - Amphetamine

browns - Amphetamine

bubble gum - Cocaine; crack cocaine; marijuana from Tennessee

bubbler - bong

buck - Shoot someone in the head

bud - weed

bud - Marijuana

buda - Marijuana; a high-grade marijuana joint filled with crack

buddha - Potent marijuana spiked with opium

buffer - A woman who performs oral sex in exchange for crack; crack smoker

bugged - Irritated; to be covered with sores and abscesses from repeated use of unsterile needles

bugle - Cocaine

bull - Narcotics agent or police officer

bull dog - Heroin

bulladine - marajuana

bullet - Isobutyl nitrite; inhalants

bullet bolt - Inhalants

bullia capital - Crack; fake crack

bullion - Crack Cocaine

bullyon - Marijuana

bumblebees - Amphetamine

bummer trip - Unsettling and threatening experience from PCP intoxication

bump - Crack; fake crack; cocaine; boost a high; hit of ketamine ($20)

bump up - Use of cocaine to bolster MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

bumper - Crack cocaine

bumping up - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) combined with powder cocaine

bundle - Heroin

bunk - Fake cocaine; Crack Cocaine

burese - Cocaine

burn one - To smoke marijuana

burn the main line - To inject a drug

burn transaction - Selling a substance as a certain drug

burned - Purchase fake drugs

burned out - Collapse of veins from repeated injections; permanent impairment from drug abuse

burnese - Cocaine

burnie - Marijuana

burnout - Heavy abuser of drugs

bush - Marijuana; cocaine; PCP

businessman’s lsd - Dimethyltryptamine

businessman’s special - Dimethyltryptamine

businessman’s trip - Dimethyltryptamine

busted - Arrested

busters - Depressants

busy bee - PCP

butler - Crack Cocaine

butt naked - PCP

butter - Marijuana; crack

butter flower - Marijuana

buttons - Mescaline

butu - Heroin

buzz - Under the influence of drugs

buzz bomb - Nitrous oxide

c - Cocaine

c & m - Cocaine and morphine

c joint - Place where cocaine is sold

c-dust - Cocaine

c-game - Cocaine

c.s. - Marijuana

caballo (spanish) - Heroin

cabbage head - An individual who will use or experiment with any kind of drug

cabello (spanish) - Cocaine

caca - Heroin

cactus - Mescaline

cactus buttons - Mescaline

cactus head - Mescaline

cad/cadillac - 1 ounce

cadillac - Cocaine; PCP

cadillac express - Methcathinone

cafeteria use - Use of various drugs simultaneously, particularly sedatives or hypnotics

cafeteria-style use - Using a combination of different club drugs

caine - Cocaine; Crack Cocaine

cakes - Round discs of crack

calbo (spanish) - Heroin

california cornflakes - Cocaine

california sunshine - LSD

cam trip - High potency marijuana

cambodian red/cam red - Marijuana from Cambodia

came - Cocaine

can - Marijuana; 1 ounce

canade - Heroin/marijuana combination

canadian black - Marijuana

canamo - Marijuana

canappa - Marijuana

cancelled stick - Marijuana cigarette

candy - Cocaine; Crack Cocaine; amphetamine; depressants

candy blunt - Blunts dipped in cough syrup

candy c - Cocaine

candy flipping on a string - Combining or sequencing LSD with MDMA; mixing LSD, MDMA, and cocaine

candy raver - Young people who attend raves; rave attendees who wear candy jewelry

candy sticks - Marijuana cigarettes laced with powdered cocaine

candy sugar - Powder cocaine

candy-flipping - LSD mixed with ecstasy

candyman - Drug supplier

cannabinol - PCP

cannabis tea - Marijuana

cap - Crack Cocaine; LSD; a capsule of a drug

cap up - Transfer bulk form drugs to capsules

capital h - Heroin

caps - Heroin; psilocybin/psilocin; crack; Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

capsula (spanish) - Crack Cocaine

captain cody - Codeine

carburetor - Crack stem attachment

care bears - Methylenedioxymethampehtamine (MDMA)

carga (spanish) - Heroin

carmabis - Marijuana

carne (spanish) - Heroin

carnie - Cocaine

carpet patrol - Crack smokers searching the floor for crack

carrie - Cocaine

carrie nation - Cocaine

carry - To be in posession of drugs

cartucho (spanish) - Package of marijuana cigarettes

cartwheels - Amphetamine

casper - Crack Cocaine

casper the ghost - Crack Cocaine

cat - Methcathinone

cat in the hats - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

cat killer - Ketamine

cat valium - Ketamine

catnip - Marijuana cigarette

caviar - Combination of cocaine and marijuana; Crack Cocaine

cavite all star - Marijuana

ccane - cocaine

ccc’s - Cortison Cough and Cold

cds - Crack cocaine

cecil - Cocaine

cest - Marijuana

chalk - Crack cocaine; amphetamine; methamphetamine

chalked up - Under the influence of cocaine

chalking - Chemically altering the color of cocaine so it looks white

champagne - Combination of cocaine and marijuana

chandoo/chandu - Opium

chang - cocaine

channel - Vein into which a drug is injected

channel swimmer - One who injects heroin

chapopote (spanish) - Heroin

charas - Marijuana from India

charge - Marijuana

charged up - Under the influence of drugs

charity - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

charley - Heroin

charlie - Cocaine

charlie brown - Brown Heroin

chase - To smoke cocaine; to smoke marijuana

chaser - Compulsive crack user

chasing the dragon - Crack mixed with heroin

chasing the tiger - To smoke heroin

chatarra (spanish) - Heroin

cheap basing - Crack

check - Personal supply of drugs

cheeba - Marijuana

cheeo - Marijuana

cheese - Crystal Meth

cheese - Herion/Tylenol

cheese - Heroin

chemical - Crack Cocaine

chemo - Marijuana

cherry meth - Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

chewies - Crack Cocaine

chiba - Heroin

chiba chiba - High potency marijuana from Colombia

chicago black - Marijuana, term from Chicago

chicago green - Marijuana

chicken feed - Methamphetamine

chicken powder - Amphetamine

chicken scratch - Searching on hands and knees for crack or cocaine

chicle (spanish) - Heroin

chief - LSD; mescaline

chiefing - To smoke marijuana

chieva - Heroin

chillum - An object used to smoke opium, hashish, and marijuana

china cat - High potency heroin

china girl - Fentanyl

china town - Fentanyl

china white - Heroin plus fentanyl; synthetic heroin

chinese molasses - Opium

chinese red - Heroin

chinese tobacco - Opium

ching - cocaine

chip - Heroin

chipper - Occasional user; occasional heroin user; occasional Hispanic user

chipping - Using drugs occasionally

chippy - Cocaine

chips - Tobacco or marijuana cigarettes laced with PCP

chira - Marijuana

chiva/chieva (spanish) - Heroin

choco-fan - Heroin

chocolate - Marijuana; opium; amphetamine

chocolate chip cookies - MDMA combined with heroin or methadone

chocolate chips - LSD

chocolate ecstasy - Crack made brown by adding chocolate milk during production

chocolate rock - Crack smoked together with heroin

chocolate thai - Marijuana

choe - Cocaine

cholly - Cocaine

choof - Marijuana

chorals - Depressants

chowder - cocaine

christina - Amphetamine

christmas bud - Marijuana

christmas rolls - Depressants

christmas tree - Marijuana; amphetamine; methamphetamine; depressant

christmas tree meth - Green methamphetamine produced using Drano crystals

chrome - Crystal methamphetamine

chron - Marijuana

chronic - Marijuana; marijuana mixed with crack

chrystal methadrine - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

chucks - Hunger following withdrawal from heroin

chunky - Marijuana

churus - Marijuana

cid - LSD

cigamos - Combination of crack cocaine and tobacco

cigarette paper - Packet of heroin

cigarrode cristal - PCP

cinnamon - Methamphetamine

circles - Rohypnol

citrol - High potency marijuana, from Nepal

cj - PCP

clam bake - Sitting inside a car or other small, enclosed space and smoking marijuana

clarity - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

clear - Methamphetamine

clear up - Stop drug use

clicker - Crack mixed with PCP; marijuana dipped in formaldehyde and smoked

clickums - A marijuana cigarette laced with PCP.

cliffhanger - PCP

climax - Crack; heroin; isobutyl nitrite; inhalants

climb - Marijuana cigarette

clips - Rows of vials heat-sealed together

clocker - Entry level crack dealers who sell drugs 24 hours a day.

clocking paper - Profits from selling drugs

closet baser - User of crack who prefers anonymity

cloud - Crack Cocaine

cloud nine - Crack cocaine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

cluck - Crack smoker

cluckers - Middlemen who facilitate the connection between buyers and sellers

co-pilot - Amphetamine

coasting - Under the influence of drugs

coasts to coasts - Amphetamine

coca - Cocaine

cocaine blues - Depression after extended cocaine use

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

coco rocks - Dark brown crack made by adding chocolate pudding during production

coco snow - Benzocaine used as cutting agent for crack

cocoa puff - To smoke cocaine and marijuana

cocofan (spanish) - Brown Tar Heroin

coconut - Cocaine

cod - Large amount of money

coffee - LSD

coke - Cocaine; Crack Cocaine

coke bar - A bar where cocaine is openly used

cokehead - cocaine user

cola - Cocaine

colas - Marijuana

cold turkey - Sudden withdrawal from drugs

coli - Marijuana

coliflor tostao (spanish) - Marijuana

colombian - Marijuana

colorado cocktail - Marijuana

columbo - PCP

columbus black - Marijuana

combol - Cocaine

come home - End a “trip” from LSD

come up - A person who sells drugs for money; to take a small amount of money and increase to a large amount.

comeback - Benzocaine and mannitol used to adulterate cocaine for conversion to crack

comic book - Lysergic acig diethylamide (LSD)

conductor - LSD

connect - Purchase drugs; supplier of illegal drugs

connie - Powder cocaine

contact lens - LSD

cook - Drug manufacturer; mix heroin with water; heating heroin to prepare it for injection

cook down - Process in which users liquify heroin in order to inhale it

cooker - To inject a drug; person who manufactures methamphetamine

cookies - Crack Cocaine

cooking up - To process powdered cocaine into crack.

cooler - Cigarette laced with a drug

coolie - Cigarette laced with cocaine

cop - Obtain drugs

copping zones - Specific areas where buyers can purchase drugs

coral - Depressant

coriander seeds - Cash

cork the air - To inhale cocaine

corn - Marijuana

corrine - Cocaine

corrinne - Cocaine

cory - Cocaine

cosa (spanish) - Marijuana

cotics - Heroin

coties - Codeine

cotton - Currency; OxyContin

cotton brothers - Cocaine, heroin and morphine

cotton fever - Critically high temperature associated with accidentally injecting cotton fibers into blood stream

courage pills - Heroin; depressants

course note - Bill larger than $2

cousin tina - crystal myth

cozmo’s - PCP

cr - Methamphetamine

crack - Cocaine

crack attack - Craving for crack

crack back - Marijuana and crack

crack bash - Combination of crack cocaine and marijuana

crack cooler - Crack soaked in wine cooler

crack gallery - Place where crack is bought and sold

crack house - Place where crack is used

crack kits - Glass pipe and copper mesh

crack spot - Area where people can purchase crack; place where crack is sold, but not used

crack-in-the-box - Busy gas station where drug transaction traffic is not unusual

cracker jack - Crack smoker

cracker jacks - Crack smokers

crackers - LSD; Talwin and ritalin combination is injected and produces an effect similar to the effect of heroin mixed with cocaine.

crangbustin - chewing tobacco with heroin

crank - Crack Cocaine; heroin; amphetamine; methamphetamine; methcathinone

cranking up - To inject a drug

crankster - Someone who uses or manufatures methamphetamine

crap - Low quality heroin

crash - Sleep off effects of drugs

crazy coke - PCP

crazy eddie - PCP

crazy weed - Marijuana

crck - crack

credit card - Crack stem

cresant roll - marjiwanna laced with cocaine

crib - Crack Cocaine

crimmie - Cigarette laced with crack

cringe - methamphetamine

crink - Methamphetamine

cripple - Marijuana cigarette

cris - Methamphetamine

crisscross - Amphetamine

crisscrossing - The practice of setting up a line of cocaine next to a line of heroin. The user places a straw in each nostril and snorts about half of each line. Then the straws are crossed and the remaining lines are snorted

cristal (spanish) - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

cristina (spanish) - Methamphetamine

cristy - Smokable methamphetamine

croak - Cocaine mixed with methamphetamine; methamphetamine

cron - marajuana

cronic - marajuana

crop - Low quality heroin

cross tops - Amphetamine

crossles - Methamphetamine

crossroads - Amphetamine

crown crap - Heroin

crumbs - Tiny pieces of crack

crunch & munch - Crack Cocaine

crush and rush - Method of methamphetamine production in which starch is not filtered out of the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine tablets.

cruz (spanish) - Opium from Veracruz, Mexico

crying weed - Marijuana

cryppie - Marijuana

crypto - Methamphetamine

cryptonie - Marijuana

crystal - Cocaine; amphetamine; methamphetamine;PCP

crystal glass - Crystal shards of methamphetamine

crystal joint - PCP

crystal meth - Methamphetamine

crystal methadrine - Amphetamine

crystal t - PCP

crystal tea - LSD

cube - LSD; 1 ounce

cubes - Marijuana tablets; crack cocaine

culican - High potency marijuana from Mexico

cupcakes - LSD

cura (spanish) - Heroin

cushion - Vein into which a drug is injected

custo - customer

cut - Adulterate drugs

cut-deck - Heroin mixed with powdered milk

cycline - PCP

cyclones - PCP

d - LSD; PCP

dabble - Use drugs occasionally

dagga - Marijuana from South Africa

dama blanca (spanish) - Cocaine

dance fever - Fentanyl

dank - Marijuana; the practice of lacing cigarettes with formaldehyde

dart - Syringe

darts - needles

dawamesk - Marijuana

dead on arrival - Heroin

dead president - Heroin

dead road - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

debs - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

deca-duabolin - Injectable steroids

decadence - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

deck - 1 to 15 grams of heroin, also known as a bag; packet of drugs

deeda - LSD

deisel - heroin

delatestryl - Injectable steroids

demo - Crack stem; sample-size quantity of crack

demolish - Crack

dep-testosterone - Injectable steroids

desocsins - Methamphetamine

desogtion - Methamphetamine

det - Dimethyltryptamine

detroit pink - PCP

deuce - Heroin; $2 worth of drugs

devil drug - Crack Cocaine

devil’s bush - marijuana

devil’s dandruff - Crack cocaine; powder cocaine

devil’s dick - Crack pipe

devil’s dust - PCP

devilsmoke - Crack Cocaine

dew - Marijuana

dews - $10 worth of drugs

dex - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

dexedrine - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

dexies - Amphetamine

diablito (spanish) - Combination of crack cocaine and marijuana in a joint

diambista - Marijuana

diamond folds - Folded paper used to package drugs

diamonds - Amphetamines; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

dianabol - Veterinary steroids; veterinary and oral

dice - Crack Cocaine

diesel - Heroin

diet pills - Amphetamine

dihydrolone - Injectable steroids

dimba - Marijuana from West Africa

dime - $10 worth of marijuana

dime - Crack Cocaine; $10 worth of crack

dime bag - $10 worth of drugs

dime special - Crack Cocaine

dime’s worth - Amount of heroin to cause death

dimebag - $10 worth of marijuana

ding - Marijuana

dinkie dow - Marijuana

dinosaurs - Populations of heroin users in their forties and fifties

dip - Crack Cocaine

dipped joints - Marijuana combined with PCP and formaldehyde

dipper - PCP

dipping out - Crack runners taking a portion of crack from vials

dips - Marijuana joints dipped in PCP (phencyclidine)

dirt - Heroin

dirt grass - Inferior quality marijuana

dirties - Marijuana cigarettes with powder cocaine added to them

dirty basing - Crack Cocaine

dirty dirt - Heroin

dirty joints - Combination of crack cocaine and marijuana

disco biscuit - Depressants; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

disco biscuits - Depressants; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

disco pellets - Stimulant

discorama - Inhalants

disease - Drug of choice

ditch - Marijuana

ditch weed - Inferior quality marijuana

diviner’s sage - Salvia Divinorum

djamba - Marijuana

dmt - Dimethyltryptamine; PCP

do a joint - Marijuana

do a line - To inhale cocaine

do it jack - PCP

doa - Crack; heroin; PCP

doctor - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

doctor shopping - The practice of going from doctor to doctor to obtain prescriptions for pharmaceuticals

dodo - marijuana

dody - Marijuana

dog - Good friend

dog food - Heroin

dogie - Heroin

dolla boy - weed/crack dealer

dollar - $100 worth of drugs

dolls - Amphetamines; depressant; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

domes - LSD

domestic - Locally grown marijuana

domex - PCP and MDMA

dominican knot - The torn and knotted corner of a baggie containing drugs

dominoes - Amphetamine

don jem - Marijuana

don juan - Marijuana

dona juana (spanish) - Marijuana

dona juanita (spanish) - Marijuana

done - Methadone

donk - Marijuana/PCP combination

donkey - ketamine

donnie brasco - undercover officer

doob - Marijuana

doobee - Marijuana

doobie - marijuana cigarette

doobie/dubbe/duby - Marijuana

doogie/doojee/dugie - Heroin

dooley - Heroin

doosey - Heroin

dope - Marijuana; heroin; any other drug

dope fiend - A person who is drug dependent; crack adict

dope smoke - To smoke marijuana

dopium - Opium

doradilla - Marijuana

dors and 4’s - Combination of Doriden and Tylenol 4

dose - LSD

doses - LSD

dosure - Lysergic acid diethylamide

dots - LSD

doub - $20 rock of crack

double breasted dealing - Dealing cocaine and heroin together

double bubble - Cocaine

double cross - Amphetamine

double dome - LSD

double rock - Crack diluted in procaine

double trouble - Depressants

double up - When a crack dealer delivers an extra rock as a marketing ploy to attract customers

double ups - A $20 rock that can be broken into two $20 rocks

double yoke - Crack Cocaine

dove - $35 piece of crack

dover’s deck - Opium

dover’s powder - Opium

down - Codeine cough syrup

downer - Depressants

downie - Depressants

dr. feelgood - Heroin

draf - Marijuana; ecstasy, with cocaine

draf weed - Marijuana

drag weed - Marijuana

dragon rock - Mixture of heroin and crack

draw up - To inject a drug

dream - Cocaine

dream gun - Opium

dream stick - Opium

dreamer - Morphine

dreams - Opium

dreck - Heroin

drink - PCP

drivers - Amphetamine; methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

drop - To swallow drugs

dropper - To inject a drug

dropping - Wrapping methamphetamine in bread and then consuming it

drought - Decrease in drug availability typically related to large law enforcement busts

drowsy high - Depressants

dry high - Marijuana

dry up - To inject drugs

dub - $20 worth of marijuana

dub - When a crack dealer delivers an extra rock as a marketing ploy to attract customers

dub - $20 of drugs

dube - Marijuana

duby - Marijuana

duct - Cocaine

due - Residue of oils trapped in a pipe after smoking base

duji - Heroin

dujra - Heroin

dujre - Heroin

dummy dust - PCP

dump - To vomit after taking drugs

durabolin - Injectable steroids

durong - Marijuana

duros (spanish) - Marijuana

dust - Marijuana mixed with various chemicals; cocaine; heroin; PCP

dust blunt - Marijuana/PCP combination

dust joint - PCP

dust of angels - PCP

dusted parsley - PCP

dusting - Adding PCP, heroin, or another drug to marijuana

dxm - dextromethorphan

dymethzine - Injectable steroids

dynamite - Cocaine mixed with heroin

dyno - Heroin

dyno-pure - Heroin

e - Ecstasy (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine; MDMA)

e-bombs - MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

e-puddle - Sleeping due to MDMA use/exhaustion

e-tard - Person under the influence of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)

earth - Marijuana cigarette

easing powder - Opium

eastside player - Crack Cocaine

easy lay - Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

easy score - Obtaining drugs without difficulties

eating - Taking a drug orally

eccy - Ecstasy

ecstasy - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

egg - Crack Cocaine

eggs - Heroin in rock form

egyptians - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

eight ball - 1/8 ounce of drugs

eight-ball - (1/8) of an ounce of cocaine

eightball - Crack mixed with heroin

eighth - Heroin

el diablito (spanish) - Cocaine, marijuana, heroin and PCP

el diablo (spanish) - Cocaine, marijuana and heroin

el gallo (“rooster”) - Marijuana

el perico (“parrot”) - Cocaine

elbows - One pound of methamphetamine

electric kool aid - LSD

electric kool-aid - Crack cocaine

elephant - Marijuana; PCP

elephant flipping - Use of PCP and MDMA

elephant trank - PCP

elephant tranquilizer - PCP

elephants - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

elvis - LSD

embalming fluid - PCP

emergency gun - Instrument used to inject other than a syringe

emsel - Morphine

endo - Marijuana

energizer - PCP

enoltestovis - Injectable steroids

ephedrone - Methcathinone

equipose - Veterinary steroids

erth - PCP

es - Ecstasy

esnortiar (spanish) - Cocaine

esra - Marijuana

essence - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

estuffa - Heroin

et - Alpha-ethyltryptamine

ethan - Acid mixed with cocaine

eve - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

everclear - Cocaine; gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

ex - ecstasy

exiticity - Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

explorers club - Group of LSD users

eye opener - Crack; amphetamine

eye openers - Amphetamine

Making Tortillas - Engaging in homosexual acts with other prisoners.

Daddies - Prison term for incarcerated sexual predators who prey on weaker inmates, called "punks."

Hooking Up - Prison term for developing a protective, sexual relationship with another inmate, providing some resistance to the threat of being victimized by continuing rapes with more inmates. These may appear as consenting homosexual relationships to staff, but the "inmate code" prevents prisoners from reporting.

Flip-Flopping - Prison term for engaging in homosexual acts with other prisoners

- Prison term for a child molester or pedophile.

Chomo (or Cho-Mo) - Prison term for child molester.

- Prison term for child molesters.

Rock Spider - Prison term for a child-molester

Short-Eyes –
Prison term for a pedophile

Shower Shark – Prison term for an inmate known to check out other inmates in the shower.

Booty Bandits - Prison term for incarcerated sexual predators who prey on weaker inmates, called "punks."

Ride with - Perform favors for a fellow convict, including sexual, in exchange for protection or commissary goods.

Leg-Rider - Prison term for person who sucks up to the police ("humping the officer’s leg" in an attempt to get favors).

Pisello - Slang term for penis.

Phallometric Assessment (Penile Phallometry) - Medical technique used to measure sexual deviant arousal. Consists of applying an elastic band around the subject's penis, and measuring the variation in tumescence, or girth, of the band before and after a series of sexually-deviant and non-sexually deviant stimuli. Stimuli include videos, pictures, or audio recordings of situations depicting varying degrees of deviant content, such as rape scenes, naked children, or violence against females during sexual intercourse.

Prison Wolf - Prison term for someone sexually-oriented to females on the outside, but becomes sexually-oriented to males on the inside.

Punks – Prison term for inmates subject to rape (usually white, younger, and more submissive than most inmates).

Cadillac  - Prison term for inmate dorm bed or single bunk.

Bungee-Jumping - Prison term for hanging one's self

Doing the Dutch - Prison term for committing suicide.

Special Handling Cases - Special Handling cases are inmates that require additional supervision and special care (psychiatric or medical). For instance, an individual may be suffering from suicidal thoughts or may have recently experienced severe trauma.


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