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At a congressional hearing in 2007, a United States attorney was grilled about the Justice Department’s settlement earlier that year with the company over its prescription painkiller, which had become the gateway drug to America’s opioid epidemic.
All-Purpose Spray DIY all-purpose spray is a great gateway drug for those looking to develop a homemade cleaning products habit.
Marijuana is not a gateway drug as much as alcohol or as much as opioids.
The same goes for olive oil, at once a simple grocery store purchase and a gateway drug into complete culinary nerd-dom.
Like any effective gateway drug, once people got a taste, this coffee left people wanting more.
In a time of moral panic, some saw pinball as a gateway drug that would inevitably lure kids into a seedy criminal underworld.
Citing her time on the California parole board in the 1960s, Feinstein told an Associated Press reporter that marijuana is a gateway drug.
While critics still see marijuana as a gateway drug with negative health and societal impacts, others are swayed by the potential for more tax revenue.
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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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