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A self-help organization for recovering drug addicts, following a philosophy modelled on that of Alcoholics Anonymous. Abbreviated NA.
1950s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From the plural of narcotic + anonymous [adjective], after Alcoholics Anonymous.
Narcotics Anonymous/nɑːˌkɒtɪks əˈnɒnɪməs/
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