gateway drug


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gateway drug

n.
A drug or other ingested substance, such as alcohol or marijuana, whose habitual use is thought to lead to the use of very addictive and dangerous drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

gateway drug

n
(Recreational Drugs) a recreational drug such as cannabis, the use of which is believed by some to encourage the user to try stronger drugs

gate′way drug`


n.
any mood-altering drug, as a stimulant or tranquilizer, that does not cause physical dependence but may lead to the use of addictive drugs, as heroin.
[1985–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gateway drug - a habit-forming drug that is not addictive but its use may lead to the use of other addictive drugs; "one college athlete recently called beer a gateway drug for young people"
drug of abuse, street drug - a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction
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This indicated that, as many had suspected, Ecstasy is likely a gateway drug.
Kubacki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Psychemedics, noted in releasing these conclusive statistics on Ecstasy use, "We found that 42% of Ecstasy users also abused one or more other illegal substances, indicating that (as many have suspected) Ecstasy is likely a gateway drug.
It often serves as a gateway drug to other harmful chemical use.
Alcohol kills six times more young people in our country than all other illicit drugs combined, and it is the primary gateway drug for other illicit drug use," Nunnallee added.
I don't think it's refutable that marijuana is a gateway drug," he said.
How can they tell kids pot is an evil gateway drug when they're stellar proof that it isn't?
Prescription controlled substances (pain killers and other sedatives) are now considered the new gateway drug for many young Americans, replacing marijuana in many cases which has traditionally held this role.
Gardening is a sort of healthy gateway drug to other forms of food freedom.
My 26 years working for the Los Angeles Fire Department afforded me an informative education on the dangers of drugs, specifically the gateway drug - marijuana.
That's one drug leading on to another but that said I don't believe cannabis is a gateway drug.
For most addicts, alcohol was their first mind-altering substance and it is known to be a gateway drug to the rest.
Does propaganda about marijuana being a gateway drug still hold sway?

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