street drug

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This term comes from the fact that these types of substances are normally sold "on the street" by drug dealers.


street drug (plural street drugs)

  1. (slang) A drug used illegally and recreationally for its euphoric and other mind-altering effects such as: opiates, cannabinoids, benzodiazepines, amphetamines and others.
    Street drug sales are a huge problem for law enforcement since they are a magnet for gun violence and drug users.