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hard drug

noun, Pharmacology.
an addicting drug capable of producing severe physical or psychological dependence, as heroin.
Origin of hard drug
An Americanism dating back to 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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hard drug

noun phrase

A narcotic, like heroin or morphine, that is powerfully addictive and injurious: The American problem is heroin, as ''hard'' a drug as there is

[1960s+ Narcotics; probably modeled on hard liquor]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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