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designer drug

n.
1. A drug synthesized to have properties similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, usually in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
2. A drug that is synthesized, especially by genetic engineering, in order to treat a specific medical condition or a specific patient population.

designer drug

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1. (Recreational Drugs) any of various narcotic or hallucinogenic substances manufactured illegally from a range of chemicals
2. (Pharmacology) med a drug designed to act on a specific molecular target

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n.
a drug produced by a minor modification in the chemical structure of an existing drug, resulting in a new substance with similar pharmacological effects.
[1980–85]
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Noun1.designer drug - a psychoactive drug deliberately synthesized to avoid anti-drug laws; mimics the effects of a banned drug; law was revised in 1986 to ban designer drugs
consciousness-altering drug, mind-altering drug, psychoactive drug, psychoactive substance - a drug that can produce mood changes and distorted perceptions
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Dubai: As many as five designer drugs and three psychotropic plants have been added to the list of drugs prohibited in the UAE as part of its federal bylaw, the Ministry of Health revealed on Saturday.
Some of the most popular designer drugs are hallucinogens such as NBOMes, stimulants such as bath salts (named for their resemblance to Epsom salts) and spice--synthetic cannabinoids that mimic marijuana.
The rapidly growing problem of so-called designer drugs, developed by modifying the chemical structure of existing drugs or the synthesis of new drugs, means that traditional drug detection methods are becoming increasingly inadequate.
CANNABIS and designer drugs are twice as popular among Irish youngsters than those in Europe.
These designer drugs are not a substitute for marijuana and are not a "safe" alternative to marijuana.
Conference attendees discuss designer drugs and injuries
Lethal stimulants Methylone and PMMA are among the most common seizures of new designer drugs on Ibiza in recent years, although marijuana and cannabin resin still top the tables.
Gunderson of University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and colleagues, review available data on the use and effects of these designer drugs.
Local availability and use of illicit drugs, including designer drugs, also need consideration.
NYSE: A) today announced it is collaborating with Florida International University's department of chemistry and biochemistry and its International Forensics Research Institute to further advance the identification and characterization of so-called designer drugs.
The drug Bath Salts featured in this story is one of the new designer drugs that had been sold from retail establishments in the past couple of years.
The 2C family of designer drugs is a large group of chemicals classified as ring-substituted phenethylamines, most of which were first synthesized in the 1970s by the chemist Alexander Shulgin (2).