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 In more affluent communities, recreational drug use has also become less taboo. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 Memoroxin, a personalized pill that replaces memories in people with Alzheimer’s, is being abused as a recreational drug. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 Its tentacles have spread, with drug testing and other rules and regulations that prohibit recreational drug use and unnecessary punitive reactions. Essence, 7 July 2021 Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 25 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is a relative newcomer to the recreational drug market, but in recent years has been responsible for more overdose deaths in San Francisco than any other drug. Yoohyun Jung, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 In medicine, ketamine is used as an anesthetic or an anti-depressant, but as a recreational drug it is used to induce dreamy or trance-like sensations, and sometimes hallucinations. Reuters, CNN, 24 Nov. 2020 Investors whispered that WeWork’s top employees were told to attend weekly sessions with a guru; tales circulated of office tequila parties and recreational drug use among the staff. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 However, psilocybin has more going for it than just its relative safety as a recreational drug. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, 5 Nov. 2020 The ballot initiatives in solidly red states like Mississippi and South Dakota indicate a slow shift towards public acceptance of recreational drug use even though employers and health professionals worry about the impact. Bloomberg.com, 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of recreational drug

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Recreational drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recreational%20drug. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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