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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.
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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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design′er drug′


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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Increased use of prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, bhang, cigarettes and now the emergence of designer drugs and drug parties should give any parent sleepless nights.
On Monday, UP Manila inaugurated its state-of-the-art Drugs of Abuse Research Laboratory (DARL), which boasts technology that can identify and analyze so-called designer drugs, or those not previously known to the government.
In its annual report, the agency warned that young users were experimenting more than ever with a new wave of designer drugs. In 2016 alone, the agency identified more than 66 never encountered psychoactive substances (NPS), most of them synthetic versions of cannabis or of stimulants such as amphetamines or cocaine.
Designer drugs include amphetamines and methamphetamines, Ecstasy (also known as molly), pink cocaine, and K2 ("Spice") and come from places as diverse as Canada, Mexico, and China.
Designer drugs can be found worldwide and include novel psychoactive substances, opioid compounds, benzodiazepines, and cannabinoids.
His death led the HSE to issue a warning that the 2C family of psychedelic phenethylamine designer drugs, including 2CP, 2CB, 2CI and its derivative 25I-NBOMe, are all highly dangerous.
The findings will bring fresh scrutiny on the Government's crackdown on so-called designer drugs. Last week it emerged that laws that prohibit the production, distribution, sale and supply of the substances - which have been linked to scores of deaths - have been delayed until May.
LAS VEGAS -- People who use spice, bath salts, and other so-called designer drugs may present with symptoms that resemble numerous psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression, according to Dr.
The legislation, which is going through Parliament, will introduce a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of so-called designer drugs - officially known as new psychoactive substances (NPSs) - after they were linked to scores of deaths.
DESIGNER drugs are suspected to have played a part in the deaths of at least 19 prisoners, an investigation has revealed.
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.