Definition of drug-free in US English:



  • 1(of a place or situation) where no illegal drugs are used or available.

    ‘a drug-free weekend’
    ‘we advocate a drug-free high school’
    • ‘They prefer to squander tens of billions a year clinging to the fantasy of a drug-free world.’
    • ‘Syringe exchange schemes remain a major political issue because they are seen as reflections of the failure to keep prisons drug-free.’
    • ‘Since the late 1970s, the government has repeatedly stated that the primary goal of Swedish narcotics policy is ‘a drug-free society.’’
    • ‘Liam has big plans to rescue Jean from the clutches of the two bullying men in her life by spiriting her away to the drug-free zone of the countryside.’
    • ‘Locals claimed that ‘death squads’ had been hunting down small-town drug dealers so that local authorities could announce that their region was drug-free.’
    • ‘A new drug-free area has made prisoners feel safer, but staff sickness levels remain high.’
    • ‘‘Never in the history of human civilization have we had drug-free societies,’ Nadelmann told the Brown audience.’
    • ‘All prisoners who enter the drug-free zone must first complete a six-week detox programme in the Mountjoy medical complex.’
    • ‘Regardless of its obvious appeal for many, a drug-free society is not a realistic goal and should not guide policy in the drug realm.’
    • ‘The most commonly used modality during the 36-month period was outpatient drug-free programs.’
    • ‘Methadone is now available to inmates and large areas of the building will soon be designated drug-free zones.’
    • ‘You can be a leader in transforming your community into a drug-free area and make a difference to the world tomorrow.’
    • ‘We want to create a crime-free, drug-free environment for our school, and we're doing this through a youth-led movement.’
    • ‘The agencies of such personnel, however, are still able to certify that their employees work in a drug-free workplace.’
    • ‘The small size of the program, which can manage about 50 people at a time, was seen as useful in building and maintaining an ongoing drug-free culture.’
    • ‘Sydney will not be totally drug-free and not totally clean.’
    • ‘Some of those transferred to Limerick and St Patrick's in Dublin may be seriously affected by the move as they will no longer benefit from the prison's education service and its largely drug-free environment, the politicians claim.’
    • ‘In urban areas, drug-free zones often take up more space than they leave.’
    • ‘For example, patients who experience homelessness and housing instability likely do not live in drug-free environments.’
    • ‘The competitions are all run in alcohol-free and drug-free environments.’
    1. 1.1 (of a medical procedure or treatment) involving no administration of drugs.
      ‘drug-free births’
      • ‘His drug-free treatment is beginning to spread around the world.’
      • ‘The authors are to be applauded for describing drug-free methods of labor pain relief, especially in an era when the use of epidurals is widespread.’
      • ‘That's where I started discovering drug-free ways of defeating depression.’
      • ‘Despite the effective, drug-free treatment of the disease, many endure symptoms of fatigue and mild stomach aches for years before they seek medical help, and even then misdiagnosis is common.’
      • ‘She insists the drug-free birth of her daughter wasn't that daunting.’
      • ‘The info did say it could take up to 9 months for results, but I was willing to try drug-free methods.’
      • ‘About 20 percent of women rely on drug-free methods alone for labor and delivery.’
      • ‘We had hoped the birth would be drug-free, with music and candles, and a homeopathic midwife.’
      • ‘Treatment services were not available to her, taking away needed support for having a drug-free pregnancy.’
      • ‘In our nonprofit center's 43-year history, our mission has been to restore the health of severely ill children in a natural, drug-free way.’
      • ‘Therapeutic Communities represent a drug-free residential treatment model dating back to the 1960s.’
      • ‘Specifically, the patients selecting drug-free treatment reported using more cocaine and alcohol than did the patients seeking methadone treatment, both recently and over their lifetimes.’
      • ‘Kale explained that this is a non-medicinal, non-toxic and drug-free method used by the people of India, where his Sai Clinic is based, and elsewhere in the world.’
      • ‘The clinic provides outpatient drug-free treatment, methadone maintenance, and methadone detox.’
      • ‘To our knowledge, this is the first report documenting the existence of these reinforcers in a drug-free treatment program.’
      • ‘This diversity allows Brooner to measure the benefits of innovations such as introducing medications to drug-free heroin treatment centers.’
      • ‘Outpatient drug-free treatment does not include medications and encompasses a wide variety of programs for patients who visit a clinic at regular intervals.’
      • ‘But a Hampshire clinic is now working on a drug-free treatment for the learning disability, with astounding results.’
      • ‘Doctors will be encouraged to recommend drug-free treatments or the use of cheaper generic drugs before their newer and more costly alternatives.’
      • ‘The ideas of drug-free birth and home birth are not dogmas, but are good news.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person) not taking drugs, especially illegal ones.
      • ‘One drug user told this paper that the users are now buying their urine samples from other people who are drug-free.’
      • ‘Ironically, his first role as a drug-free actor was Wesley Snipe's crack-addicted brother in Spike Lee's 1991 movie Jungle Fever.’
      • ‘‘She is now drug-free and is trying to make a fresh start with her two young children,’ said Mr Dewhurst.’
      • ‘Wada hopes that this will encourage drug-free athletes to take pride in themselves and the sport and reduce the possibility of false positives, which have the potential of damaging an athlete's career.’
      • ‘He has pledged that the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee he chairs would use the documents to make sure the US team is drug-free for the Athens Games this summer.’
      • ‘I sat there, pretending to be a drug-free son.’
      • ‘Each applicant must submit several documents, including a CV, school diplomas, the results of a test to certify he or she is drug-free, a doctor's statement that the applicant was in good health and an essay on transportation.’
      • ‘He was now drug-free and working for a temporary staffing agency, but the realization of what he had done to his life was catching up with him.’
      • ‘They too want to know that their rivals are drug-free.’
      • ‘Today, Stephen is drug-free, and is just one example of some of the remarkable success stories emerging from St Teresa's Gardens, off Cork Street, in Dublin's inner city.’
      • ‘The IFBB Executive Council voted to extend doping controls to the top five finalists in each category so that IFBB medals would be awarded only to drug-free athletes.’
      • ‘I'll come back to his idea later in this column and take it much further, because track should consider what other sports fight: letting the athletes prove that they are drug-free - if they are drug-free.’
      • ‘A Yorkshire firm set up by a retired police chief has defended a controversial proposal to sell a drug-testing kit so parents can check whether their children are drug-free.’
      • ‘‘To the world at large, she sacrificed her right to anonymity by using illegal drugs and claiming she was drug-free,’ he said.’
      • ‘All patients were drug-free for at least two months before the examination was performed.’
      • ‘We don't know because we can't say how many people remain drug-free.’
      • ‘Meet directors don't have any doubt that I'm a drug-free athlete and still want to invite me to their meets.’
      • ‘Today he's drug-free and off parole for the first time in almost 25 years.’
      • ‘This won't stop me from going to shops for the simple reason that I'm drug-free and I want to stay that way and live a normal life.’
      • ‘Instead we still have people entering prison drug-free and emerging as addicts.’