gateway drug


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gateway drug

Substance abuse Any drug or addictive subtance–eg, nicotine and alcohol, that may be abused, and is allegedly linked to subsequent abuse of illicit 'soft' drugs–eg, marijuana and/or 'hard' drugs–eg, cocaine and heroin. See Glue sniffing, Hard drug, 'White-out. '.

gateway drug

A drug of abuse whose use precedes, and is thought to contribute to, the subsequent use of more dangerous or exotic substances, esp. by young people.
See also: drug
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Moyers added that marijuana was a gateway drug to crack cocaine for him, and that more than half of Hazelden's young addiction clients report marijuana as their first chug.
What follows in the mid-19th century is a historical progression to opium smokers, including Chinese immigrants, opium dens, and smoking concentrated opium introduced by tobacco smoking (the true gateway drug in history).
And there is sometimes too little emphasis placed on 'soft' drugs like cannabis - which can be a gateway drug leading to terrible problems.
YouTube videos are the gateway drug," said a professional music videographer at Bandwidth.
I'd like the album to be a gateway drug," he says, hoping it will let listeners hear the full span of electronic music's potential.
But she also feels that there is no help for cannabis-users out there despite believing it is a gateway drug to others.
We know this is a gateway drug linked to others such as alcohol and stronger substances, like heroin.
We are not going to allow them to bring crime in the area and introduce the biggest gateway drug to young people under the guise of this dispensary,'' LAPD Lt.
Studies have shown that marijuana is a gateway drug.
Being anti-war is a gateway drug to that other seditious offense, Hurting Your Husband's Career.
Mr Bourne said: ``A lot of youth leaders in Wales have expressed grave concern about this downgrading,not just because cannabis is sometimes a gateway drug but is also a dangerous drug in its own right.
At the same time he says cannabis is only "potentially harmful" - and he noticeably fails to deal with the evidence that it is a gateway drug which leads to abuse of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.

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