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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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Their concern centered on two different circumstances during which the drug may be used: in combination with protease inhibitors and in combination with poppers, a class of recreational drugs used by some men to enhance sexual feeling.
The strong painkiller is tightly controlled in Egypt where it is often abused as a recreational drug. Plummer and her relatives had told British media that she was bringing the painkillers for her Egyptian boyfriend who suffers from back pain.
The FDA issued the warning after being advised by the Dangerous Drugs Board on Canada's move on tighter controls on the recreational drug.
The University College Birmingham student, from Bordesley Green, said teenagers should be taught about the potential effects of taking recreational drugs - and what to do if things go wrong.
I am now 45 years old and recreational drugs have been a normal part of my life ever since I was a teenager.
The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.
Measures for dealing with recreational drug overdoses are being adopted by A&E staff in the west of Scotland and experts say the guidance is already saving lives.
Regulators will reopen debate over opioid painkillers next month as the federal government considers ways to reconcile the needs of patients who are suffering from chronic ailments along with the risks of addiction--sometimes resulting in death and recreational drug use.
IF a recreational drug, having been taken by 14,000 people on but one occasion, resulted in one death and 15 hospitalisations with more than 150 requiring the attention of paramedics, the press and public would quite rightly be seeking for it to be made illegal.
THE RUGBY Football Union has denied its new doping policy is "soft" as it was revealed that players who test positive for out-of-competition recreational drug use will escape bans and public disclosure.
THE drug Mephedrone has only been available for a couple of years but already it is the fourth most-used recreational drug in this country.
Marcel Martel's study of recreational drug policies in Canada during this period contributes a great deal to these emerging debates and to a wider discussion of public policy development more generally.

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