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

Examples of recreational drug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His blood also included the potent painkiller fentanyl, the anti-seizure drug Gabapentin and Xylazine, a veterinary sedative not approved for human use that’s recently emerged as a recreational drug. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "Fentanyl, veterinary drug were in body of New Orleans jail inmate who overdosed, coroner says," 18 Oct. 2020 Researchers for the Open Policing Project analyzed the impact of recreational drug legalization on traffic stops in Colorado and Washington. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "Black drivers make up majority of Minneapolis police searches during routine traffic stops," 6 Aug. 2020 Even recreational drug users may be at risk of overdosing. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "Overdose alert issued as ER admissions tick up; COVID-19 causing fluctuations, officials say," 30 July 2020 After suffering a hip injury years ago, friends said the musician, who shied away from alcohol and recreational drugs, lived in constant pain and turned to painkillers to find relief. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Prince To Receive All-Star Grammys Tribute Featuring Alicia Keys, John Legend & Usher," 21 Apr. 2020 And in countries from eastern Europe to Asia, demand for recreational drugs is growing with incomes. The Economist, "The global drugs trade shifts to west Africa," 21 Nov. 2019 After suffering a hip injury years ago, friends said the musician, who shied away from alcohol and recreational drugs, lived in constant pain and turned to painkillers to find relief. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Prince To Receive All-Star Grammys Tribute Featuring Alicia Keys, John Legend & Usher," 10 Jan. 2020 Natural opiates sourced from poppy plants, like opium, have been consumed on the continent for centuries -- both as a painkiller and smoked as a recreational drug. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Synthetic opioids like fentanyl ravaged the US during the last decade. They may do even more damage to Asia in the next," 29 Dec. 2019 Many families rely on the extra income from selling illicitly to recreational drug users, to cover basic costs such as sending their children to school. Loni Prinsloo And Janice Kew/ Bloomberg, Time, "One of the Poorest Countries in Africa Wants to Send Its Legal Marijuana All Over the World," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of recreational drug

1967, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Recreational drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recreational%20drug. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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recreational drug

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

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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