a drug produced by a minor modification in the chemical structure of an existing drug, resulting in a new substance with similar pharmacologic effects, especially one created to achieve the same effect as a controlled or illegal drug.
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How to use designer drug in a sentence
That means easier highs for many Americans, but also a designer drug market full of mysterious compounds and clear potential health risks to consumers.How Mitch McConnell Accidentally Created An Unregulated THC Market | Lester Black | October 18, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
The onus of this designer drug should rest on the people making millions off of it today—neither of whom are Pfizer or Hoffman.How Pfizer Helped Make ‘Spice,’ The Deadly Fake Pot | Abby Haglage | May 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doubly so since the DEA just moved to ban three more synthetic drugs, signaling a widening crackdown on the designer drug market.
British Dictionary definitions for designer drug
any of various narcotic or hallucinogenic substances manufactured illegally from a range of chemicals
med a drug designed to act on a specific molecular target
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Scientific definitions for designer drug
Any of various drugs with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
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Cultural definitions for designer drug
A drug that is manufactured to target a specific molecule in the body, for example, to treat a specific disease or condition.
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