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Caffeine. The gateway drug.
Eddie Vedder

Meaning of "gateway drug" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GATEWAY DRUG

gateway drug play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GATEWAY DRUG

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Gateway drug is a noun.
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WHAT DOES GATEWAY DRUG MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Gateway drug theory

The gateway drug theory states that the use of less deleterious drugs can lead to a future risk of using more dangerous hard drugs or crime. It is often attributed to the earlier use of one of several licit substances, including tobacco or alcohol, as well as cannabis. The reverse gateway theory posits that earlier regular cannabis use predicts later tobacco initiation and/or nicotine dependence in those who did not use tobacco before.

Definition of gateway drug in the English dictionary

The definition of gateway drug in the dictionary is a recreational drug such as cannabis, the use of which is believed by some to encourage the user to try stronger drugs.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GATEWAY DRUG

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WORDS THAT END LIKE GATEWAY DRUG

anticancer drug
class A drug
class B drug
class C drug
controlled drug
designer drug
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fertility drug
generic drug
hard drug
miracle drug
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recreational drug
smart drug
soft drug
sulfa drug
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truth drug
wonder drug

Synonyms and antonyms of gateway drug in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «gateway drug» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GATEWAY DRUG

Find out the translation of gateway drug to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of gateway drug from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «gateway drug» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

网关药
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

puerta de entrada de drogas
570 millions of speakers

English

gateway drug
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रवेश द्वार दवा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بوابة المخدرات
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

шлюз наркотиков
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

droga de entrada
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নেশার শুরু
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

passerelle drogue
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ubat gerbang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Einstiegsdroge
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ゲートウェイ·ドラッグ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

게이트웨이 약물
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gatel tamba
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cửa ngõ ma túy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நுழைவாயில் மருந்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

गेटवे औषध
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Ağ geçidi ilacı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

droga di passaggio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

brama narkotyków
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

шлюз наркотиків
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

gateway-ul de droguri
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πύλη ναρκωτικών
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gateway drug
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

gateway drog
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

gateway narkotika
5 millions of speakers

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GATEWAY DRUG»

The term «gateway drug» is regularly used and occupies the 69.850 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gateway drug

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QUOTES WITH «GATEWAY DRUG»

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Eddie Vedder
Caffeine. The gateway drug.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GATEWAY DRUG»

Discover the use of gateway drug in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gateway drug and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Stages and Pathways of Drug Involvement: Examining the ...
This book, first published in 2002, represents a systematic discussion of the Gateway Hypothesis, a developmental hypothesis formulated to model how adolescents initiate and progress in the use of various drugs.
Denise B. Kandel, 2002
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The Relationship Between Inhalant Use and Adolescent Gateway ...
gateway drug. The second criteria is evidence that the use of the gateway drug typically precedes the use of the other drugs—the probability of transitioning from the gateway drug to the other drug(s) should be significantly greater than the ...
Erik Crankshaw, 2008
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Gateway Drug:
Scott Nicholson. Once you take the first hit, there's no turning back. Ten tales of murder, mayhem, madness, and dark magic from a #1 bestselling author, including bonus stories from Tim Lebbon and Shane Jiraiya Cummings.
Scott Nicholson, 2011
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Drugs and Society
TOBACCO AS A GATEWAY DRUG Recently, several research findings have indicated that tobacco is more of a serious gateway drug than previously expected. For example, nearly all heroin addicts initially began using gateway drugs such ...
Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein, 2006
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The A-Z Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Gateway drug An illicit or licit drug, use of which is regarded as opening the way to the use of another drug, usually one viewed as more problematic, addictive or dangerous. Tobacco smoking is often considered a gateway drug for cannabis ...
Thomas Nordegren, 2002
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Drug Abuse Prevention: A School and Community Partnership
However, in the late 1970s, the term gateway drug was coined, and became more and more associated with tobacco and alcohol. It is now understood that early use of tobacco is one of the best indications that adolescents are now using or ...
Dr. Richard W. Wilson, Cheryl Kolander, 2003
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Cannabis Use and Dependence: Public Health and Public Policy
... and young adulthood. They found that young men who had used cannabis before the age of 20 were more likely to use heroin than those who had not. These results have been confirmed in longitudinal 104 Is cannabis a gateway drug?
Wayne Hall, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, 2003
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Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs: A Guide for the Family
Cocaine has also, in recent years, become a GATEWAY DRUG in another tragic way. Millions of Americans begin using cocaine by snorting it and then move on to injecting the drug intravenously, thus opening the gates to intravenous drug ...
Robert L. DuPont, 1985
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Pot Politics : Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition: ...
Anyone who has heard anything about marijuana has probably heard that it is a " gateway" drug, one that leads the user to other, more serious drugs such as cocaine or heroin. This assertion is confirmed by some who explain their downward ...
State University of New York Mitch Earleywine Associate Professor University at Albany, 2006
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The Science of Marijuana
Is Marijuana a "Gateway/” Drug? A widely debated question is whether the use of marijuana leads people to use other illicit drugs, and eventually to become addicted to these drugs. Those who believe this to be true argue that even if ...
Leslie L. Iversen, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GATEWAY DRUG»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gateway drug is used in the context of the following news items.
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Marijuana is not a "gateway drug" for teens at all … - The Speaker
In a recently completed study, scientists at New York University Langone Medical Center's department of population health have concluded that ... «The Speaker, Jul 15»
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Marijuana task force is done deal
-Marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to further and more serious substance abuse. That is the opinion of many who study the issue. «Wyoming Tribune, Jul 15»
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French, English, Comics: Proust On Memory, In Any Language …
But it makes for an intriguing introduction to the novels, if you've never made the leap — a kind of literary gateway drug — and a tantalizing ... «North Country Public Radio, Jul 15»
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In town, on track: Boom in local studios offering Chattanooga …
Playing music is a kind of gateway drug to sound engineering. Most local recording studios are run by current or former musicians, and bands ... «Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jul 15»
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Study questions safety of chemicals used in plastic consumer pro …
Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe ... «KSWO, Jul 15»
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Sounding the alarm as prescription drug abusers turn to heroin - LA …
And the prescription painkiller has become the new gateway drug to heroin use, eclipsing marijuana, cocaine and alcohol, the study found. «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
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Online 'symptom checkers' often miss diagnosis - KTBS.com …
Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe ... «KTBS, Jul 15»
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Drug reform is not a Dunne deal
While few call it a gateway drug any more, it still has a public reputation as a soft and relatively harmless substance. Almost everyone does it, ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
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Cost of hospital birth varies by nearly $10000 across US - KSWO …
Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe ... «KSWO, Jul 15»
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Legal highs: welcome to the cannabis revolution | afr.com
Back in the day, experts claimed hash was a gateway drug – that people who begin using it would invariably end up using heroin. Despite ... «The Australian Financial Review, Jul 15»

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