chase the dragon

(redirected from Chasing the dragon)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

chase the dragon

slang To smoke a controlled substance, often heroin. I can't chase the dragon anymore—I'm trying to get away from that stuff.
See also: chase, dragon

chase the dragon

take heroin (sometimes mixed with another smokable drug) by heating it in tinfoil and inhaling the fumes through a tube or roll of paper.
Chase the dragon is reputedly a translation from Chinese. The expression apparently refers to the undulating movements of the fumes up and down the tinfoil, resembling those of the tail of a dragon, a creature found in many Chinese myths.
See also: chase, dragon

chase the dragon

tv. to inhale opium fumes through a straw, or similarly with other drugs. (Drugs.) Harry thinks that chasing the dragon sounds like real fun.
See also: chase, dragon
References in periodicals archive ?
Blanchett has made just one film since giving birth to Dashiell, taking on the lead role in Chasing the Dragon, a fact-based thriller about Irish investigative reporter Veronica Guerin who was murdered by drug dealers in 1996; another tough, not-so-feel-good subject.
Scheider stars as Joe Gideon, a talented dancer/choreographer who's made it big but can't stop chasing the dragon and the ladies.
And while he's busy chasing a record deal, she's busy chasing the dragon in a depressing, downward spiral of addiction.
Yesterday's papers were full of pictures of him chasing the dragon - smoking smack - and, far worse, the Sunday Mirror reported how a beautiful 21-year-old girl was given her first fix by Doherty and then encouraged to have sex with other men.
Ironically, she had just finished filming Chasing the Dragon, a movie based on drug trafficking and the murder of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, when she decided to take action to cure her addiction.
The trainee - who said he got hooked after chasing the dragon with friends - was speaking as he left St James' Park with his parents after being dismissed.
Ironically, Brenda, who is known to have suffered from severe bouts depression for years, had just finished a role in Chasing the Dragon a movie based on the Irish drug trafficking scene and the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, when she decided to take action to cure her addiction.