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controlled substance

any of a category of behavior-altering or addictive drugs, as heroin or cocaine, whose possession and use are restricted by law.
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First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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controlled substance n.
A drug or chemical substance whose possession and use are regulated under the Controlled Substances Act.

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