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Illegal Drug Abuse (Overview)

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.


Illegal Drug Abuse (Overview)

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.


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What is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?

What is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?

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. ...Read more

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Could illegal drug abuse lead to killer diseases in the long run?

Yes for sure: There are many papers about the damaging effects of illegal drug use. Death from overdose is not infrequent , but true brain damage and liver damage and other organ damage is prevalent. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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In Clinical trials x cirrhosis, "No illegal drugs or abused drugs" allowed before or during the study? Do they test you using urine or blood? Is legal

In Clinical trials x cirrhosis, "No illegal drugs or abused drugs" allowed before or during the study? Do they test you using urine or blood? Is legal

Read protocols: Trials are highly controlled to monitor for potential side effect of medications and interactions with other drugs as well as cure. It is legal to test as you are a voluntary participant in a study. A positive test would most likely result in your dismissal from the trial as you would have ongoing risk of infection with Hep B/C and HIV skewing the results of the trial and efficacy data. ...Read more

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Is drug abuse more likely to harm me as I get older?

Is drug abuse more likely to harm me as I get older?

Drug abuse: Absolutely it will - if you survive and get older and don't die before due to the damage that will take place. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect does alcohol and drug abuse have on teenagers?

Nothing good: No teenager should be experimenting or using alcohol or drugs. The detrimental effects on young adults can only lead to long term problems. ...Read more

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Five months clean about to start outpatient.Drug abuse program what should I expect?

Five months clean about to start outpatient.Drug abuse program what should I expect?

Work the program: One day at a time. Recovery will take daily effort, use all the resources, support, help available. You will need it all. Good to start. Recovery is a life long process. ...Read more

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