Definitions for drug abuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. substance abuse, drug abuse, habit(noun)

    excessive use of drugs

Wiktionary

  1. drug abuse(Noun)

    Misuse of, or overindulgence in, drugs; substance abuse.

Freebase

  1. Substance abuse

    Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse and substance use disorder, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder. Widely differing definitions of drug abuse are used in public health, medical and criminal justice contexts. The exact cause of substance abuse is not clear, with theories including: a genetic disposition; learned from others - or a habit which if addiction develops, manifests as a chronic debilitating disease. Drugs most often associated with this term include: alcohol, substituted amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methaqualone, cannabis and opioids. In many cases criminal or anti-social behavior occurs when the person is under the influence of a drug, and long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. In addition to possible physical, social, and psychological harm, use of some drugs may also lead to criminal penalties, although these vary widely depending on the local jurisdiction.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Patrick Fehling:

    Prescription drug abuse is a massive problem in the United States.

  2. Plastic Jesus:

    We only hear about (drug abuse) when high-profile people in Hollywood have a meltdown, check into rehab, or die.

  3. Shekhar Saxena:

    The prevalence of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders and drug abuse vary significantly more between different societies and there are some cultural factors for that.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    I hope we can work together this year on some bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse. So who knows? We might surprise the cynics again.

  5. Mark Neavyn:

    When we see these people in the emergency department and they claim to have taken Molly, we don't pay attention to that word anymore. It's so commonly not MDMA, we just start from square one and say it's some sort of drug abuse.

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