recreational pharmaceutical

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recreational pharmaceutical (plural recreational pharmaceuticals)

  1. A medication or similar controlled substance which is consumed outside the context of normal medical treatment for the sole purpose of inducing pleasant sensations, mental reverie, or a state of intoxication.
    • 2003, Dominic Streatfeild, Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography, →ISBN, p. 67:
      If there is one person who can be held responsible for the emergence of cocaine as a recreational pharmaceutical, it was Freud.