Recent Examples of gateway drug from the Web
The Pull Chop, with its ease of use and even easier cleanup, was my gateway drug to regular vegetable consumption as an adult.
The allegation is that Big Pharma used deceptive marketing to hook millions of Americans on prescription painkillers, which served as gateway drugs to more potent opioids like heroin and fentanyl.
Chris Christie on Morning Joe is calling pot a gateway drug again.
Pets are the gateway drug to making a lasting commitment, never forget that.
American health institutions are more hostile, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raising the alarm that e-cigarettes will be a gateway drug to the real thing.
Eat, Taste, Heal is the gateway drug for Ayurveda: 75-percent cookbook and 15-percent philosophy.
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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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