Back in the early 90s I spent several hours in a meeting where two managers argued which of these two words we should use in our procedures. I did not care - I just wanted a decision so I could move on.
I did just do a search at dictionary.com and it came up with a somewhat disturbing list of synonyms:
1 entry found for supplier.
Main Entry: drug dealer
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: person who sells illegal narcotics
Synonyms: bagman, candy man, connection, dealer, dope peddler, dope pusher, drug peddler, drug seller, drug supplier, drug trafficker, man, pusher, source
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.1.1)
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