gateway drug
noun Date: 1982 a drug (as alcohol or marijuana) whose use is thought to lead to the use of and dependence on a harder drug (as cocaine or heroin)

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  • gateway drug — any mood altering drug, as a stimulant or tranquilizer, that does not cause physical dependence but may lead to the use of addictive drugs, as heroin. [1985 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • gateway drug — noun a drug which supposedly leads the user on to more addictive or dangerous drugs …   English new terms dictionary

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