Thursday, August 30, 2007

Defining Drug and Substance Abuse

Drug abuse may involve the overuse or misuse of prescribed or over-the-counter medications (particularly sleeping pills) or illicit drugs. Stimulants such as cocaine, "ecstacy," "speed," and other amphetamines, opiods (heroin, morphine and other sleep-inducing narcotics), and marijuana are currently the most widely abused illicit drugs. Currently, the most common form of substance abuse is alcohol abuse--the overuse of beer, wine, or liquor.


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The term "Substance Abuse" is the condition caused by regular excessive compulsive drinking of alcohol and/or physical habitual dependence on drugs that results in a chronic disorder affecting physical health and/or personal or social functioning. This does not include dependence on tobacco and ordinary caffeine-containing drinks.

www.wwcta.org/ins7-def.htm


Substance abuse has a range of definitions related to disaproval over use or overuse of mood altering substances. These fall into four main categories: Substance abuse may lead to addiction or substance dependence. Medicaly, dependence requires the development of tolerance leading to withdrawal symptoms. ...

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