First Known Use of gateway drug
GATEWAY DRUG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gateway drug for English Language Learners
: a drug (such as alcohol or marijuana) that is thought to lead to the use of more dangerous drugs (such as cocaine or heroin)
medical Definition of gateway drug
- 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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