drug of choice


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drug of choice

1. An illicit substance one is addicted to or tends to prefer. I dabbled with a few different recreational drugs in college, but marijuana was my drug of choice.
2. The favored pharmaceutical treatment for a given medical condition or ailment. Lithium has long been the drug of choice for many physicians to treat depression and bipolar disorder.
3. By extension, any habit, activity, or vice that one is particularly fond of or dependent upon. A lot of people resort to drugs or alcohol to cope with their problems, but exercise has always been my drug of choice. Coffee became my drug of choice after working as a barista for three years during college.
See also: choice, drug, of
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"Cocaine is not a drug of choice here in the Philippines, but of countries like Australia, mainland China, and Hong Kong.
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ACEIs should remain the drug of choice for high-risk patients with CVD unless angioedema or cough become a problem
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Before then, I had experimented with other drugs, but marijuana was my drug of choice." Bobby, who has a 15-year-old daughter Bobbi with Whitney, also revealed he believes his marriage to Whitney was destined to fail from the start.
Between 11% and 20% of all patients who presented for substance rehabilitation in the second half of 2006 stated that heroin was their primary or secondary drug of choice. The use of heroin in combination with other drugs has also become popular.
SKUNK is now the drug of choice among cannabis users and is sparking violence on the streets of Teesside, police warned today.
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Failure is a wondrous accomplishment in dark horror fiction that captures the essence of the teenage loner, in a time where social normality is the drug of choice.
STURBRIDGE - The drugs are changing, and it's hard to keep up, especially when it comes to the drug of choice for today's adolescents and teenagers.