Drug is any chemical substance capable of affecting living processes.
d.’s of abuse A group of substances most frequently taken for the effects they produce on the brain and spinal cord; usually they are the psychoactive drugs.
backdrop d. A drug of pharmacologic equivalence to another.
crude d. Any medicinal material before refining.
designer d.’s A group of highly potent drugs of abuse produced in clandestine laboratories; they are either analogs of narcotic analgesics and stimulants e.g., meperidine, fentanyl, and amphetamines) or are variants of phencyclidine; they are manufactured in such a way that their chemical structures do not fall within the federal laws controlling manufacture and distribution of drugs listed under the Controlled Substances Act.
generic d. A drug whose name is not protected by a trademark; it may be manufactured by any pharmaceutical company.
nonprescription d. A pharmaceutical that does not require a prescription to be purchased.
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory d. Any of a group of drugs that reduce
inflammation, fever, and pain and do not contain such steroids as hydrocortisone or prednisone. Examples include aspirin, ibuprofen.
orphan d. See orphan product, under product.
over-the-counter d. See nonprescription drug.
prescription d. One that requires the approval of a licensed health professional to be purchased.
psychotropic d. Any drug that influences psychic functions, behavior, or experiences, such as chlorpromazine.
stimulant d. Any drug that increases the excitability of the central nervous system
, either as its principal action or as a side or adverse effect.
street d. A drug taken for self-gratification rather than for medical reasons.
sulfa d.’s See sulfonamides.