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pill popper

slang Someone who frequently or habitually uses or abuses drugs prepared as pills or capsules. She started getting hooked on the pain pills her doctor prescribed, and before long she had become a full-blown pill popper. I knew a couple of pill poppers in college who were always doing speed or ecstasy.
See also: pill, popper

pill-popper

and popper and pill-dropper
n. anyone who takes pills frequently or habitually. I knew she was always ill, but I didn’t know she was a pill-dropper. He’s not a hypochondriac, just a pill-dropper.
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THIS wasn't what we vitamin pill poppers wanted to hear (Horizon - Vitamin Pills: Miracle or Myth?
Groups of ladies registered in teams with names like the Pill Poppers, colleagues from North Tees Hospital's pharmacy, or the Dirty Dazzlers, a team of domestics.
Australia is one of the fattest countries in the world and we are world-class pill poppers to boot, according to an OECD report.
THE UK is becoming a nation of pill poppers, with GPs too quick to prescribe anti-depressants, mental health experts warn.
America, the author says, has become a nation of pill poppers, and anti-anxiety drugs are a billion dollar business for that reason.
Horizon: Pill Poppers (9.00pm) With an array of medicines available for all kinds of ailments, from painkillers to sexual enhancers, Horizon investigates how some of the most popular prescription drugs are discovered and tested.
Horizon: Pill Poppers (9.00pm) An investigation into the most widely used medicines, how they are discovered and tested, and whether they do the job they were prescribed for.
Horizon: Pill Poppers (9.00pm) An investigation into the most widely used medicines and whether they do the job they were prescribed for.
ATHERE are many different styles of pill poppers available, from blister pack pens to pill poppers with features to catch the pill once it has popped out.
THOUSANDS of pill poppers are gambling with their lives by buying cheap prescription drugs over the Internet.
And, as writer Greg Critser argues in this fascinating, often funny but ultimately flawed book, the drug industry's brilliant marketing techniques also helped turn Americans into a nation of pill poppers, or "Generation Rx." The book's first half is devoted to a detailed and compellingly told history of the transformation of the pharmaceutical industry from a group of conservative companies, focused on research and development, into marketing powerhouses.
Since the 1970s, complained the periodical, Britons have become "a nation of health fanatics" and inveterate "pill poppers," and "health nuts who won't rely on five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to keep them fit." Yet the same report acknowledges that a diet in harmony with the government's recommendations is nutritionally inadequate.
Patients who take prescription medications oftentimes are painted as drug addicts, pill poppers, and "doctor chasers," and, in many cases, forced to justify their diseases or need for medications.
"Men may be turning themselves into a subculture of pill poppers: to grow hair, to get erections, to keep HIV in check," he says.
Accidental overdose can occur when pill poppers build up their tolerance to the medication and have to keep increasing the dose to get the same effect.