A 28-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Neil Liebowitz answered
38 years experience Psychiatry
Illegal drug use: Any use of drugs both prohibited by law, eg marijuana or illegally obtained such as opiates. Many meds require prescriptions but only a few are addicting, i would use illegal drug abuse to refer to meds obtained illegally and used to excess against prescribed indications.
Answered on May 8, 2016
Dr. Brian Writer answered
15 years experience Psychiatry
Drug Abuse: Agree with prior response. In addition, drug "abuse" has a specific connotation to behavioral health providers. It specifically refers to ongoing maladaptive drug use despite awareness of associated distress and/or life role impairment. The use of legally prohibited and/or illegally obtained substances is suggestive of a current, historical and/or future substance misuse condition.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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