drug abuse

The use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in large amounts. Drug abuse may lead to social, physical, emotional, and job-related problems.

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  • drug abuse — noun excessive use of drugs • Syn: ↑substance abuse, ↑habit • Derivationally related forms: ↑habituate (for: ↑habit) • Hypernyms: ↑misuse, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • drug abuse — State of chronic or periodic intoxication detrimental to the individual and to society, produced by the repeated consumption of a drug, natural or synthetic. See also addict drug dependence. The voluntary, habitual, and excessive use of drugs is… …   Black's law dictionary

  • drug abuse — noun Misuse of, or overindulgence in, drugs; substance abuse …   Wiktionary

  • drug abuse —    The nonmedicinal use of a drug in a manner that is not socially acceptable …   Forensic science glossary

  • drug abuse — /ˈdrʌg əbjus/ (say drug uhbyoohs) noun the improper use of one or more drugs, especially narcotic and hallucinogenic drugs …   Australian English dictionary

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