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An intensely addictive substance of abuse that may compel its user to commit crimes to obtain the drug—e.g., crack cocaine, heroin

hard drug

Any intensely addictive substance of abuse that may compel its user to commit crimes to obtain the drug–eg, crack cocaine, heroin. See Gateway drug.

hard drug

In biochemistry, a drug that is not metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system in the liver, or transported by intestinal P-glycopeptide.
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The only one policy that had an acceptability score higher than the middle of the response scale was prohibition of hard drugs and regulation of soft drugs, with the provision that nation-wide information campaigns had been launched (M = 5.
In other words, 10% of 1,000 is greater than 10% of 100, so more people would go through the gateway on to hard drugs.
Between the 1980 and 2008, females dominated the number of victims of human trafficking, while in the case of hard drugs trafficking, males dominated the number of couriers and barons.
Marijuana use was less frequently perceived as a problem than was hard drug use.
Most females had used drugs (81%) but thought that their recent main (68%) and casual (68%) partners had never used hard drugs.
Step-wise multiple regression analyses were subsequently performed to test whether friends' use, after-school job, academic performance, and extracurricular activity explained a significant proportion of the variance in self-reported frequency of gateway and hard drug use.
The new standards allowed the department to hire officers who had tried hard drugs once or twice as teens if they were otherwise strong, responsible candidates.
He added: "If it were Clare Short's own children, we believe she would not want them to be given hard drugs on the NHS.
We also believe that imprisoning people for possession of hard drugs is wrong.
The situation in the Netherlands today represents the first instance in the modern history of drug policy in which a strategy that attempts to divert the progression from soft to hard drugs has been implemented, and it has been functioning for over two decades.
Former Cabinet Minister and Birmingham MP, Clare Short, has called for hard drugs to be made available to addicts on the NHS.
It is the fastest growing drug in the US and has overtaken heroin ecstasy and cocaine as the most widely used hard drug.