non-prescription chemicals of long-term commitment potential
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 93 13:35:05 PDT
Subject: non-prescription chemicals of long-term commitment potential
[The latest word on PC terminology (attn:Seattleites) -psl]
From: vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic (Keith Bostic)
... "Junkies" is an unsuitable term for intravenously challenged persons,
who should be referred to as "the epidermally accessible" so as not
to degrade their lifestyle. In addition, I do not like the word "dope"
for the pharmaceutically liberated substances in question because it both
devalues the laboatory technicians who create it and insults the
intellectually original persons whose derogatory name it perpetuates.
Addictive drugs of this sort should be called "non-prescription chemicals
of long-term commitment potential.
-- Doktor Kultur responding to a letter charging that "Junkie" is a
degrading term used to describe people who sell their babies for
drugs as well as injecting themselves in the spaces between their
toes because they run out of room in their arms.
© 1993 Peter Langston