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Gateway Drugs
An examination of the argument that use of some drugs ( such as marijuana and alcohol) leads to use of harder drugs (such as cocaine and heroin).
# 15013 | 1,575 words | 8 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2003 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)


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" So-called gateway drugs are those believed to be drugs for beginners, or drugs that young people use which lead them to harder drugs later. The rationale for many marijuana laws has long been that marijuana is a gateway drug so that even if marijuana use is not a problem in itself, it is the beginning point for greater problems in the future. Other substances seen as having the potential to be gateway drugs include tobacco and alcohol. Some commentators argue that one or more of these substances serve a gateway function and that those who smoke, drink, or use marijuana are at risk for the use of harder drugs such as heroin, cocaine, or crack. Others point out that any relationship is tenuous and that those trying to prove a relationship are misusing statistics to show a cause-and-effect relationship where there is none. At most, they say, users of..."

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