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gateway drug

[ geyt-wey druhg ]
/ ˈgeɪt weɪ ˌdrʌg /
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noun
any drug, as a stimulant or tranquilizer, whose use may lead to the use of more dangerous or addictive drugs such as heroin.
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Origin of gateway drug

First recorded in 1985–90

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British Dictionary definitions for gateway drug

gateway drug

noun
a recreational drug such as cannabis, the use of which is believed by some to encourage the user to try stronger drugs
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