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street drug

a substance taken for nonmedical purposes. Street drugs comprise various amphetamines, anesthetics, barbiturates, opiates, and psychoactive drugs, and many are derived from natural sources (for example, the plants Papaver somniferum, Cannibis sativa, Amanita pantherina, Lophophora williamsii). Slang names include acid (lysergic acid diethylamide), angel dust (phencyclidine), coke (cocaine), downers (barbiturates), grass (marijuana), hash (concentrated tetrahydrocannibinol), magic mushrooms (psilocybin), and speed (amphetamines). During the 1980s, a new class of "designer drugs" arose, mostly analogues of psychoactive substances intended to escape regulation under the Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, crack cocaine, a potent, smokable form of cocaine, emerged as a major public health problem. In the U.S., illicit use of drugs (for example, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin) has historically recurred in cycles.
Synonym(s): recreational drug

recreational drug

any substance with pharmacological effects that is taken voluntarily for personal pleasure or satisfaction rather than for medicinal purposes. The term is generally applied to alcohol, barbiturates, amphetamines, THC, PCP, cocaine, and heroin but also includes caffeine in coffee and cola beverages.

recreational drug

Substance abuse Any agent–most have significant psychotropic effects–used without medical indications or prescription in the context of social interactions–eg, parties. See Gateway drug, Ice, Rave.

recreational drug

A drug used for enjoyment rather than for a medical purpose.
See also: drug

Patient discussion about recreational drug

Q. If the baby movement is quick, will it be harmful …..? Hi to all here…….I am 24 and 3 week pregnant. I am so happy because pregnancy is vital in every women’s life. I am curious to know when I could feel the baby movement and how it will be. If the baby movement is quick, will it be harmful …..?

A. First, congratulations for Olivia..

You should feel your baby's first movements, called "quickening," between weeks 16 and 24 of your pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel your baby move until closer to 24 weeks. By the second pregnancy, some women start to feel movements as early as 13 weeks (this varies in every pregnant moms).

So when you reach your second trimester later, you need to monitor your baby's movement sometimes (just like saloni explained to you). Feel free to consult with your OB-GYN doctor whenever you feel a problem with your pregnancy.

But I wish you all the best for your pregnancy. Good luck! Stay healthy always..

Q. Is coffee so harmful? I am Saloni, 17 and a keen coffee-lover. Now-a-days, I drink lot of coffee which my brother has noticed and advised me to minimize the quantity. He also blames coffee for heart diseases and addiction status of the person. Is coffee so harmful?

A. The last response says "coffee is bad for you". This response gives no basis for its conclusion.

Coffee is served in hospitals. If coffee was really bad for you, then hospitals are doing bad things to patients and would have been sued for malpractice. A judge would laugh you right out of court for trying.

There are no FDA health warnings on coffee.

Coffee is served in restaurants everywhere in the world. Its everywhere in the work place. There aren't any rules concerning coffee.


Q. I am going for my first mammography, Is this test harmful? I am going for my first mammography on coming Tuesday…….just was worried as the doctor is suspecting a tumor….Is this test harmful?

A. Generally there is no harm. It may be harmful when you have them during or a week before the menstrual periods as due the tenderness of the breasts may cause discomfort.

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On the other hand, Martel does an excellent job of relating the drug policy debates of the Sixties to present-day concerns in order to highlight some of the important themes that emerge from his research, such as the complexity of public policy debates and the influence of international pressure, and to illustrate that the discussion over recreational drug policy is by no means resolved.
He compared current attitudes to studying recreational drugs with the Catholic church's clampdown on pioneering Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei in the 17th century.
The ECB Board has recently agreed to develop an out-of-competition testing programme to encompass recreational drugs, in co-operation with the PCA.
Joe Carter, addiction support officer at Racing Welfare, said he is unable to accurately gauge whether recreational drug use was unusually prevalent within racing.
No current England players have tested positive for any recreational drug or performance-enhancing drug," Bevington said.
Turning recreational drug users into unemployable ex-cons is not a good use of tax dollars.
Her social history was notable for tobacco use, but she adamantly denied recreational drug use of any kind.
I thank Nick Gillespie for coming forward with his recreational drug history.
Other sectors of the culture industry lag behind music in reflecting what every British kid takes for granted: the sheer omnipresence and banality of recreational drug use.
Some medical and dental workers, he says, use laughing gas as a recreational drug.
They both used cannabis believing it was a recreational drug that would do them little or no harm.
I wish everybody could be made to understand how dangerous it is and one should never play with heroin thinking it's a recreational drug.

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