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chemical cosh Line breaks: chem|ical cosh

Definition of chemical cosh in English:

noun

British informal
A narcotic drug or drugs used to subdue a disruptive person, typically a patient in an institution: health experts have denied claims that sedatives are being used as a chemical cosh for the elderly
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  • It is a matter of good fortune that care staff are on hand to deal with difficult situations, rather than simply administering a chemical cosh.
  • Ritalin, nicknamed the "chemical cosh", has been criticised amid claims it has dangerous side-effects, including abdominal pain, anxiety, dizziness, headaches and psychosis.
  • Campaigners last night said that action was needed to prevent children being treated with "chemical cosh" drugs rather than therapies such as counselling.

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