Malaysia: 'Hip' Drugs Need Repellent Names
(11 Jul 2006) Gulf Times Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: A top Malaysian anti-drug official has urged for glamorous-sounding and hip names of party drugs to be dropped and replaced with names highlighting the effects of the drugs, a news report said yesterday.
Designer drugs such as Ecstasy and Ketamine gave the impression of a "trendy and divine" experience for first-time drug users, said northern Kedah state's anti-drug agency spokesman Ariffin Man. Suggested new names for the drugs would be "agony" and "bamboozle", said Ariffin. "Likewise, all opiate drugs should be called organised killers, cannabis as mind destroyers and ketamine as community-paralysing agents," Ariffin was quoted as saying by the Star daily.
He said the distasteful names would act as a psychological repellent to curious youngsters, adding that society ought to reject the names of the drugs which were dictated by drug manufacturers and pushers.
*You could call Ecstasy "Grim F***ing Death" for all SWIM cares, and he would still do it. In SWIM's opinion, if the only reason you're doing a drug is because you like the way it's name sounds, you shouldn't be doing drugs. Period.