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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

street drug

Illicit drug, see there.

street drug

(strēt drŭg)
A controlled substance taken for nonmedical purposes; includes various amphetamines, anesthetics, barbiturates, opiates, and psychoactive drugs, and many derived from natural sources (e.g., 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), cat (methamphetamines), and speed (amphetamines). During the 1980s a class of "designer drugs" arose, mostly analogues of psychoactive substances intended to escape regulation under the Controlled Substances Act. Also, crack cocaine, a potent, smokable form of cocaine, emerged as a major public health problem. In the United States, illicit use of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, and heroin historically has occurred in cycles.

Street drug

A substance purchased from a drug dealer; may be a legal substance, sold illicitly (without a prescription, and not for medical use), or it may be a substance that is illegal to possess.

street drug

(strēt drŭg)
Substance taken for nonmedical purposes; amphetamines, anesthetics, barbiturates, opiates, and psychoactive drugs.
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