recreational drug

noun

Definition of recreational drug 

: a drug (such as cocaine, marijuana, or methamphetamine) used without medical justification for its psychoactive effects often in the belief that occasional use of such a substance is not habit-forming or addictive

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Families with children, families avoiding strong content, families comfortable with recreational drug use, and everyone in between who can tolerate cartoons and fun. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 What’s left is pooled locally for knives, guns and recreational drugs. Del Quentin Wilber, WSJ, "MS-13, Violent and Unruly, Is Trying to Organize—Can It?," 19 Aug. 2018 But some of Tesla’s board members are reportedly worried about Musk’s recreational drug use. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Elon Musk’s week of pot smoking and wild emails, explained," 8 Sep. 2018 And there were whispers that Depp’s recreational drug and alcohol use were crippling him. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Johnny Depp: We Are Concerned," 23 June 2018 Reaching them at a concert, where some may feel tempted to binge drink or use recreational drugs, certainly conveys a message. Christina Austin, Fortune, "How Demi Lovato Is Promoting Drug Rehab and Mental Health at Her Concerts," 12 Apr. 2018 People who stay up later eat fattier foods, drink more alcohol and are more likely to use recreational drugs. NBC News, "Night owls die young in a world scheduled for early birds," 12 Apr. 2018 After graduating from North Central, Tristan headed to the University of Evansville where Tammy suspects friends introduced her to recreational drugs. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The opioid crisis ‘silver lining’: A heroin overdose that killed 1 mom, saved 4 lives," 19 Apr. 2018 In fact, drinking, smoking, recreational drug use and obesity — a common side effect of antiretroviral therapy — also probably contribute to the medical problems of HIV patients, experts say. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "HIV-infected people are living for years, but age-related diseases set in early," 14 Apr. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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recreational drug

noun
rec·​re·​a·​tion·​al drug | \ˌrek-rē-ˈā-sh(ə-)nəl- \

Medical Definition of recreational drug 

: a drug (as cocaine, marijuana, or methamphetamine) used without medical justification for its psychoactive effects often in the belief that occasional use of such a substance is not habit-forming or addictive

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