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1. any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons
2. a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
3. drug on the market a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market
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Any substance used internally or externally as a medicine for the treatment, cure, or prevention of a disease.
A narcotic preparation.
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principle of evil. [Zoroastrianism: Leach, 325]
See: Evil
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


The interpretation of drugs in your dreams depends on the relationship you have with drugs in your daily life and whether they are doctor prescribed or not. If you are a drug user, then the drugs are an extension of what you normally do, and you need to look at the other details of your dream to get a good interpretation. However, if you use drugs rarely or never, then this dream could represent a need to get well, to escape from daily stress, and a desire to get quick relief. The drugs could be suggesting a need for healing and getting in balance. Your unconscious mind may be suggesting outrageous things in hopes that you get the message to “have fun, dream dreams, and get out of your own head!” Please keep in mind that the purpose of dreams is to raise our consciousness and to assist us in having better lives. The message in the dream about drug use is most likely not encouraging you to use drugs but it may represent a need to feel better or get better.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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But this bodes badly for infected people--particularly if the newly acquired bacterial trait is an immunity to antibiotic drugs. Without competition from their more susceptible relatives, the numbers of resistant bacteria grow, increasing the potential for human infections that do not respond to conventional treatment.
Editor's note: In our last issue, we explored the consequences of what happens when doctors overprescribe antibiotic drugs. In this issue, we examine possible solutions to this pressing problem.
As the use of antibiotic drugs increases, the bacteria they are designed to fight eventually develop a resistance to the drugs.
Although the global antibiotic drugs market is worth more than $40 billion (about Sh4 trillion), a few companies invest in it as resistance to drugs allows treatable diseases to once again become killers.
Highlights of the act include establishing a new limited population antibacterial drug approval pathway for antibiotics and including safeguards to guide the appropriate use of antibiotic drugs, "thereby optimizing patient care and limiting the development of resistance."
diff), that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotic drugs.
YOUR recent article "Too many antibiotic drugs being prescribed by doctors" leaves much to be desired.
This outer membrane acts as a defensive barrier against attacks from the human immune system and antibiotic drugs. It allows the pathogenic bacteria to survive, but removing this barrier causes the bacteria to become more vulnerable and die.
ISLAMABAD -- The health authorities have been urged to take drastic measures to check misuse of antibiotic drugs in the country.
ISLAMABAD, July 17, 2011 (Balochistan Times): There is an urgent and dire need to take drastic measures for proper check on unnecessary use of antibiotic drugs, which are posing threats to peoples lives.
The company said it believes that PMX-30063 is the first and only small-molecule mimetic of host defense proteins in clinical development intended for systemic administration, with a novel mechanism of action distinct from other antibiotic drugs and believed to make bacterial resistance unlikely to develop.