'Narcotic' mushrooms?

Willie Nelson and four others were issued misdemeanor citations for possession of narcotic mushrooms and marijuana after a traffic stop Monday morning on a Louisiana highway, state police said.
— Associated Press, September 18, 2005

’Narcotic mushrooms’?? Hmmzz.

“Webster’s Dictionary defines a narcotic as “a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction.' According to Medicine.net, the word narcotic comes from the Greek word “narke' which means “numbness or torpor.' A second definition from the same site acknowledges that the word narcotic has slipped into common usage and has come to mean “A drug such as marijuana which is subject to regulatory restrictions comparable to those for addictive narcotics.'

Read the full blogpost on the misuse of the word narcotic and other drugsrelated terms. Because, as blogger UR Sirius noticed correctly: “[…] nobody… nobody demands accuracy from the news media regarding mind-altering drugs or those who enjoy them.'


Source: ZenMonkeys