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soft drug

n.
A drug that is believed to be nonaddictive and less damaging to the health than a hard drug.

soft drug

Substance abuse Any illicit drug popularly perceived to have a relatively low abuse potential; for some, marijuana is viewed as an SD, heroin a a hard drug, and cocaine in the middle. Cf Hard drug.

soft drug

1. A drug that is easily metabolized by the body to inactive, nontoxic metabolites.
2. An illicit drug that has fewer psychoactive, addictive, or other adverse effects than a street drug orhard drug.
3. A drug that dissolves in the mouth and is quickly absorbed.
See also: drug
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Secondly, for a percentage of people who start off on soft drugs, it is a gateway into hard drugs.
In this country, soft drugs are still illegal but their consumption is de facto tolerated, and treatment-resistant heroin addicts are provided with controlled prescriptions of heroin or maintenance substances (Uchtehagen, 2009).
The Framework Decision covers both hard and soft drugs (cannabis, cocaine, heroin, etc.
He is said to have started out on soft drugs then progressed to the harder stuff.
A spokesperson said: "We want to show the government that an open market for soft drugs is better than forcing people on to streets where much harder stuff is sold illegally.
He himself was a flagrant homosexual, who strongly promoted "gay" rights, laxer rules on euthanasia, legalized marketing of soft drugs, and so-called "women's rights.
The Brixton experiment has proved that as soon as soft drugs are decriminalised the dealers in hard drugs are not far behind.
But he said there needed to be a ``rational debate'' on soft drugs.
Prince Harry dabbled in soft drugs at Highgrove and at private parties, and allegedly drank alcohol at the Rattlebone Inn, Sherston, Wiltshire.
The committee will also recommend easing the penalties for other soft drugs such as Ecstasy.
BRITAIN'S policy on soft drugs came under attack from a senior Scots judge yesterday.
Drug addiction is a serious threat for our youth, they use hard and soft drugs in the different education institution and also injection drug users are a major drive of HIV in not only Pakistan but also in other countries.