Keep in mind magic_quotes_gpc is deprecated in the current version of PHP and will not be in PHP 6. So make note of that if you are still using the same script when PHP is upgraded.
You can use a custom PHP.ini file - http://wiki.dreamhost.com/PHP.ini
If other sites mention adding php_* directives to an .htaccess file, you should also note that works for mod_php which DreamHost only supports if you use DreamHostPS. It boggles the mind that other people fail to mention that
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