What Is a Gateway Drug?

A gateway drug is a substance that may predispose an Orlando resident to eventually experiment with other drugs like heroin, cocaine and ecstasy. These gateway drugs may be legal substances like tobacco and alcohol or illicit drugs like marijuana. It is commonly believed that these entry level substances may make a user more comfortable with trying other drugs later in his life. For example, the U.S. Department of Education has stated that tobacco use is commonly associated with alcohol and illicit drug use and is often the first drug used by young people who enter a sequence of drug use that can include tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and harder drugs.
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