chasing the dragon


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A slang term originating in Cantonese for an array of methods of drug abuse, in particular, inhaling vaporised opium, heroin, morphine, crack cocaine, DMT, MDMA, and even marijuana, which is thought to carry an increased risk of progressive spongiform leukoencephalopathy
Management None
Prognosis 25% mortality
Less commonly, the term refers to female heroin addicts who prostitute themselves for the next fix

chasing the dragon

Dragon chasing Substance abuse Inhalation of heated heroin–or crack, associated with progressive spongiform leukoencephalopathy Clinical progressive bradykinesia, ataxia, slurred speech, abulia, decorticate posture, spasticity, quadriplegia, dysmetria, broad-based gait Imaging MRI—diffuse, symmetric area of white matter hyperintensity, most prominent in the cerebellum; posterior brain, splenium of the corpus callosum, and posterior limb of internal capsule Management None Prognosis 25% mortality. See Cocaine, Heroin.
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In the latest blockbuster, Chasing the Dragon which was directed by Joel Schumaker, Brenda was joined by Lord of the Rings star Cate Blanchett.
The drug had found a new market and all of a sudden it wasn't just artists and 'hippies' chasing the dragon, as injecting the drug came to be known.
The stoned stare of Heroin Chic has become a bore in a climate where digging the garden is more de rigeur than chasing the dragon.
One headline is "Racing the Dragon" - not dissimilar to the expression chasing the dragon, which is slang for taking heroin.
Alcopops, chasing the dragon and casual sex can only be a matter of months away, but for now she has resorted to "dressing like a tart" (as her dad puts it) and having her belly button pierced.
But chasing the dragon is all he lives for - a ritual that bonds him and his pals.
The movie joins a long line of flicks to be staged in Ireland recently such as Chasing the Dragon and Reign of Fire.