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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
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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.
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recreational drug

A drug used for enjoyment rather than for a medical purpose.
See also: drug
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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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The study included 213 women whose babies had a type of birth defect with potential links to recreational drug use, 143 women whose babies had a birth defect with no previously reported links to drug use and 161 women whose babies were normally formed.
The researchers took hair samples from consenting mothers, which were then tested for evidence of recreational drug use.
This is evident from the following quotes from male and female interviewees respectively: 'I am now disenchanted with the whole scene' and 'I am coming to see that using ecstasy every weekend is pointless as we do the same things.' It would seem that as users grow older they tend to move out of the drug scene and out of the subcultures that embrace recreational drug use and look for other leisure activities.
The data show some support for the view that recreational drug use fits into young people's idea of time out from the stresses and strains of everyday life (Parker et al., 1998: 2).
The findings from this study suggest that subcultural theories of deviance are still relevant to understanding recreational drug use in contemporary society.
Parker (1998) 'The Teenage Transition: From Recreational Drug Use to the Dance Culture', Journal of Drug Use 28(1): 9-22.
Measham (1998) Illegal Leisure: The Normalisation of Adolescent Recreational Drug Use. London: Routledge.
Half of those with mental illness also used other illicit drugs, while the rate of recreational drug use in the general population is 12 percent.
To see if recreational drug use might play a role, Victoria Cortessis and her colleagues looked at the self-reported history of recreational drug use in 163 young men diagnosed with testicular cancer and compared it with that of 292 healthy men of the same age and race or ethnicity.
Not only can recreational drug use be immediately dangerous to one's health, but it can also lead to high-risk sex, Watt says.
Recreational drug use is often the entrance fee to an alluring part of gay culture, he adds, and it "becomes a lifestyle and this whole mindset you get locked into--that this is what being gay is all about."
Has recreational drug use become a rite of passage for gay men and lesbians?

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