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Brown-brown is a form of powdered cocaine mixed with smokeless gunpowder (not "black powder"). Smokeless powder often contains nitroglycerin, a drug prescribed for heart conditions, which most likely causes vasodilation, allowing the cocaine to move more freely through the body. This in turn allows for a more intense high. Also, it may refer to heroin.[1][2] It was reportedly given to child soldiers in West African armed conflicts.[3]

In media and culture[edit]


According to "The Lowdown on Brown-Brown" by Brendan I. Koerner, brown-brown is most likely an urban myth. Reasons being that cocaine would be difficult to get during armed conflicts, especially in the African Continent. Brown pills that were referred to as cocaine were most likely amphetamine. The first actual report of brown-brown that uses the name brown-brown, is by a Norwegian NGO in 2005 and it states the term refers to heroin.[9]


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  3. ^ Ishmael Beah (January 14, 2007). "The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved February 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng
  5. ^ "Trigger Happy". Sydney Morning Herald. February 17, 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Liberia's Psychiatric Wasteland For Ex-Child Soldiers". Mail & Guardian Online. January 15, 2009. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ 1000 Ways to Die: "Killing Them Softly (Blood Diamonds)". Spike. March 9, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Killing Them Softly". 1000 Ways to Die (IMDb). 2011. 
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