Whether licit or illicit, drugs are richly material-semiotic objects: this means that they carry both matter and meaning. Even as drugs are concrete objects with the capacity to reorder our bodies on a molecular level, that is never all that they do. For their consumers—and also for their makers, distributors, and even observers—the physiological impacts of drugs are inseparable from meaning making.

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