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gateway drug

noun

Simple Definition of gateway drug

  • : a drug (such as alcohol or marijuana) that is thought to lead to the use of more dangerous drugs (such as cocaine or heroin)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gateway drug

  1. :  a drug (as alcohol or marijuana) whose use is thought to lead to the use of and dependence on a harder drug (as cocaine or heroin)

1982

First Known Use of gateway drug

1982


Medical Dictionary

gateway drug

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noun gate·way drug \ˈgāt-ˌwā-\

Medical Definition of gateway drug

  1. :  a drug (such as alcohol or marijuana) whose use is thought to lead to the use of and dependence on more dangerous, addicting substances (such as cocaine or heroin) <To end at the beginning, nicotine … is now considered a “gateway drug,” as it commonly precedes and is comorbid with other substance use.—Donald A. Henderson, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 9 June 1999>




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