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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"There is no way anyone can convince me this is not a gateway drug. I've dealt with juveniles 10 and 12 years old.
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It is the gateway drug and it alters the thinking of our impressionable young people."
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But she also feels that there is no help for cannabis-users out there despite believing it is a gateway drug to others.
Chief Supt Jones said he believed the increased availability of cannabis was also a concern because it is a "gateway drug" to more dangerous narcotics.
We know this is a gateway drug linked to others such as alcohol and stronger substances, like heroin.
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Being anti-war is a gateway drug to that other seditious offense, Hurting Your Husband's Career.

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