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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

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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People from all walks of life, including police officers (allegedly), use recreational drugs. There is so much hypocrisy and naivety surrounding the subject with those who know the least usually making the most noise.
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.
Through his in-depth discussion of the various actors involved in the debates over recreational drug policy in Canada, Martel illustrates the complexities of public policy debates and the power relations involved in such political negotiations.
Although the study is small and therefore cannot establish an association, it marks the first time that "objective measurements of maternal intake of recreational drug compounds at these critical periods of development for the fetus have been carried out," as the researchers noted.
Rather, we recognize that recreational drug use is a permanent part of our society, and that there will always be people who use drugs, despite prohibition.
This paper analyses and evaluates the use of an asynchronous online discussion list introduced to an established distance education print based course on recreational drug use and abuse.
GHB is a powerful sedative while ketamine is veterinary anaesthetic that is gaining favour as a recreational drug. The DSD test takes only a few seconds.
A drug that has been abused as a recreational drug has received Food and Drug Administration approval to treat cataplectic attacks in people with narcolepsy, with restrictions aimed at preventing abuse.
Drugs could precipitate a syncopal attack, and a detailed medication history including recreational drug use is essential.
Since Duesberg's "drug-AIDS hypothesis" pins much of the blame on recreational drugs, it is plausible that a massive decline in recreational drug use might have overcome the exponential growth in use of allegedly murderous antiretrovirals, but the opposite appears to have happened.
She argues that recreational drug use became entrenched in deviant groups unwilling to make any investment in the larger society and unmotivated by any morally energizing social vision.
But it will only be prescribed for medical conditions and not as a recreational drug.

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