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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Cigarette smoking as a predictor of alcohol and other drug use by children and adolescents: evidence of the gateway drug effect.
For grades 8 and 10, the stepfamily group showed more frequent overall gateway drug use and beer consumption, and the father-headed single-parent group showed more frequent cigarette and marijuana smoking, than did the intact-family group.
gov/pubmed/22712674) definitively defined as a gateway drug.
Earmarks are a gateway drug on the road to spending addiction.
It is a gateway drug - I'm reminded of what the mother of a dead addict said to me: 'Not every cannabis user goes on to take heroin, but all heroin users started with cannabis'.
Ashton says that there's no conclusive proof that cannabis is a gateway drug to harder narcotics like heroin or crack cocaine but insists it does have the potential to be.
But it is becoming a drug controlled by violent, professional drug traffickers, who routinely mix the drug with more dangerous, addictive--and, hence, profitable--substances, and who aim to convert today's Ecstasy users into tomorrow's crackheads, to turn Ecstasy into what it has not yet become: A gateway drug.
I don't agree with reclassifying cannabis because it is a gateway drug.
Ramsay added that his research, along with medical opinion suggesting hash is a gateway drug to harder substances, have convinced him Scotland is totally unsuitable as a test bed for legalising the soft drug.
Much is made of pot being a gateway drug that leads to further experimentation and addiction, but as even the NIDA admits, most casual marijuana smokers don't progress to other drugs or become addicts.
Yet, several potential psychosocial and neuropharmacologic causal mechanisms promote tobacco's gateway drug function.

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