drug noun

1 substance used as a medicine

ADJ. powerful, strong | modern, new | wonder They're hailing it as the new wonder drug. | sedative | anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-malarial, etc. | prescription You used to be able to buy this medicine over the counter, but it is now a prescription drug.

QUANT. course, dose

VERB + DRUG be on, take Are you taking any other drugs at present? | prescribe (sb), put sb on The doctor put me on anti-inflammatory drugs. | give sb, treat sb with | administer, give sb The nurses came round to give the patients their drugs. | develop new drugs that have been developed recently | be resistant to, not respond to Some infections are now resistant to drugs.

DRUG + VERB cure sth, help sth, treat sth drugs that help the growth of skin tissue

DRUG + NOUN company

PREP. ~ against a powerful drug against tuberculosis | ~ for He's taking drugs for depression.

2 illegal substance

ADJ. illegal | addictive, hallucinogenic | dangerous, hard heroin and other hard drugs | soft (= not considered very dangerous) Many addicts start on soft drugs, such as cannabis. | designer (= artificially produced) She took a tablet of the designer drug Ecstasy.

VERB + DRUG inject (See note for more verbs.)

DRUG + NOUN baron, pusher | cartel | misuse | drug/drugs charges, offence | squad | war the latest moves in the drug war (See note for more nouns.)

PHRASES drink and drugs the dangers of drink and drugs
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do (informal), experiment with, take, try, use ~ The minister confessed to having experimented with cannabis in her youth.

be/get high on ~ They committed the crime while high on drugs.

be addicted to, be dependent on, be/get hooked on, be on (informal)~ He seemed to be on acid most of the time.

be/come off ~ He's tried several times to come off cocaine.

possess ~ arrested on charges of possessing narcotics

deal (in), sell, smuggle, supply, traffic (in) ~The country imposes the death penalty for trafficking in marijuana.

seize ~ The heroin seized has an estimated street value of £600 000.

~ abuse, addiction, consumption, use Cannabis consumption has increased sharply.

~ habit, problem She allegedly has a $500-a-day coke habit.

~ overdose Heroin overdose is a major cause of death among heroin users.

~ addict, user~ dealer, trafficker, smuggler~ production, smuggling, trade, trafficking The authorities have been accused of active involvement in the narcotics trade.

addiction to, dependence on, use of ~ the use of cocaine

trade in ~ measures to combat the trade in narcotics