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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.
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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
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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]
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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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Smoking bang and hashish and chewing miraa are considered the leading drug menace and are considered 'gateway drugs' to harder narcotics.
'There are gateway drugs that maybe they weren't banned, certainly weren't detectable or tested for.
finally removed cannabis from its list of gateway drugs."
They'd dismiss your notions of "gateway drugs." Life's a gateway drug; live long enough and you'll need some kind of crutch.
Dubai: Involved in a three-decade-long battle with heroin, a 50-year-old Gulf state citizen has recounted how gateway drugs interred him in the dark world of substance abuse - a downward spiral, at the rock bottom of which he found himself with a heroin-loaded syringe pricking his arm.
Racked's impressive relaunch this week boasted a feature called Fashion Gateway Drugs, in which writer types and fashion folks shared the stories of how they first got hooked on fashion.
Data examining smoking and its related health issues seems to come in waves, from the addictive nature of nicotine, to the harms of second-hand smoke, to most recently, the idea that e-cigarettes are potential gateway drugs (New England Journal of Medicine, Sept.
Nygren is backing several bills that would make it harder to get prescription pain killers, which are often gateway drugs to heroin abuse.
Washington, Nov 3 (ANI): A new study has provided the first molecular explanation for the "gateway sequence" of drug use.igarettes and alcohol serve as gateway drugs, which people use before progressing to the use of marijuana and then to cocaine and other illicit substances, this progression is called the "gateway sequence" of drug use.
A landmark study in mice identifies a biological mechanism that could help explain how tobacco products could act as gateway drugs, increasing a person's future likelihood of abusing cocaine and perhaps other drugs as well, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
* Perception of harm for gateway drugs, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana as well as illicit drugs increased overall; and

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