designer drug


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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

n
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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Paul Kennedy, the director of Cayman's analytical chemistry division, has submitted data from thousands of drugs of abuse standards, including emerging designer drug standards.
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A NEW designer drug detected for the first time last month in New York is at the centre of the decision to suspend owner-trainer Roy Sedlacek.
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When a designer drug first appears for sale--often in gas stations, convenience stores or online--it is technically legal, because its chemical structure is slightly different from the illicit drug it mimics.
Michael Schwartz of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring attention to a new designer drug being used as an alternative to marijuana.
A DESIGNER drug linked with deaths across the UK could be on sale in the Midlands, health bosses have warned.
When Charlton police stopped a car last week because the brake light was not working, they found the drug Molly, a powdered form of the designer drug Ecstasy, in the vehicle along with two promoters of a rave party scheduled for a nightclub in Worcester on Saturday.
When a flu pandemic leaves mass graves in its wake, humanity's only hope may lie in a special designer drug to cure and prevent the lethal disease.