One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Taking medically prescribed drugs.‘on drugs for high blood pressure’
- 1.1 Under the influence of or habitually taking illegal drugs.‘all the criminals were on drugs’
- ‘By then she'd got herself a job and a house, but her doctor threw her off the methadone course and she ended up back on drugs.’
- ‘How do you know he wasn't on drugs?’
- ‘Just because people can't comprehend the level of fitness and ability that some riders have, they now assume they all do it on drugs.’
- ‘Do they still love me in spite of my awful behaviour towards them when I was on drugs?’
- ‘I went to Spain for two weeks with two of my other friends who were on drugs.’
- ‘Just hours after his death the police said he was on drugs.’
- ‘I have a low opinion of myself, I'm angry at life and I'm somebody I don't want to be when I'm on drugs.’
- ‘Well, he was on drugs, remarks Hitchens, who claims the cult is dying off.’
- ‘They see him as a bad influence and have heard rumors about him being on drugs.’
- ‘All meetings about children who may be on drugs should have a drug worker present.’
- 1.1 Under the influence of or habitually taking illegal drugs.
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