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How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Easy...

If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing.
If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally.

In brief: Easy...

If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing.
If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally.
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