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benzodrug of benzodiazepine family (cf. pills)
blockadehigh dose methadone (loose term)
boltevade police or court (often interstate)
bombed(of vein) injection into the tissues (= popped)
bongapparatus for smoking drugs through water
bring down (v.) administer naloxone as opioid antidote
can (n.)prison
carckto die (Aust. coll.)
chase the dragon(arch.) smoke heroin or opium
claggedblocked (of vein) (= bombed, popped)
cracksmoked cocaine (not used in Australia)
deal (n.)quantity of drug (usually for a single day's use)
deal (v.)buy and sell drugs
do doctorsattend numerous doctors for prescriptions
do chemistssteal from pharmacies
downersedative, usually benzodiazepine tranquillizer
drop (n.)delivery of illicit substance
drop (v.)to overdose
earnerrobbery, cf. scam
eckiesecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA)
fenceretailer of stolen property
fit (n.)syringe and needle
fix (n. arch)quantity of drug for immediate use
freebasecocaine suitable for smoking i.e. 'crack'
ganjacannabis flowering heads
geographical (n.) a trip away to detoxify
hang out (v)to be in opioid withdrawal
'hard' drugmore dangerous drug (eg heroin and cocaine)
hashhashish (derivation disputed: cannabis resin)
headaddict or compulsive user (e.g. 'pot' head)
hot shotcontaminated injection
hydrohydroponically grown cannabis
insidein jail
IVDUintravenous drug user
joint(trad.) cannabis cigarette
junkie(trad.) young, street heroin addict
loaded upfalsely charged with drug possession
mandymethaqualone compound (Mandrax)
MDMAsee ecstasy
moggiesMogadon (nitrazepam - long acting tranquillizer)
Narcanantidote to opioid overdose, given intravenously
narcoticequivalent to opioid (US: also refers to cocaine)
nodding offintoxicated with heroin (cf scratching, wasted)
opioidsynthetic or natural drug with narcotic properties, e.g. morphine, pethidine, methadone (cf. opiate)
opiatedrug which is derived from the opium poppy: codeine, heroin, morphine, papaveretum
pillstranquillizers, usually of benzodiazepine type
pinned outhaving pin-point pupils; opioid intoxication
potcannabis, marijuana, ganga
qualud(US arch.) methaqualone tablet
reefer(arch.) cannabis cigarette
rippedintoxicated (= stoned)
Rivotrilclonazepam, abused anti-convulsant (cf. benzo.)
roach(arch.) butt of cannabis cigarette
rockpurest forms of heroin, e.g. pink r.; Bangkok r.
row-eesRohypnol tablets (flunitrazepam, Roche)
scag(arch.) heroin
scamrobbery or set-up
score (v.)obtain illicit drug (usually heroin or cocaine)
scratchingopiate intoxication (involuntary body scratching)
screwsprison wardens
sera'sSerepax (oxazepam)
shit heroin
snortintra-nasal insufflation (cocaine or heroin)
snowconecannabis bong with added cocaine or heroin
'soft' drugless dangerous drug (eg cannabis or ecstasy)
speedamphetamine or metamphetamine
speedballheroin and cocaine combination
thrombosisvein which is clotted or infected
tolerancethe property of getting less effect with same dose
tracksvenipunctures, injection marks
trip (1)episode on hallucinogen, usually LSD
trip (2)voyage to obtain drugs (usually to Asia)
'uppa'stimulant drug (e.g. amphetamine)
wastedseverely intoxicated (usually from heroin)
'weight'dealer's "gram" of heroin (usually much less)
white ladymixture of milk and methylated spirits
work (v.)prostitution (male or female)
works (, syringe, spoon, tourniquet and swabs
yawningin opioid withdrawal
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