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How serious is prescription drug abuse? And what do they define as abuse?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Abuse

Is misuse of medication, such as taking more than prescribed, or continued use when not in need.

In brief: Abuse

Is misuse of medication, such as taking more than prescribed, or continued use when not in need.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Formal answer

Use = use abuse = use when you have on good authority not to use.
(tobacco use is always abuse). Alcohol use in under 21 yo is always abuse. Illicit drug use is always abuse. Addiction = drug seeking, dose increasing, losing interest in healthy activities. Dependence = having physical symptoms of illness if drug is not used.

In brief: Formal answer

Use = use abuse = use when you have on good authority not to use.
(tobacco use is always abuse). Alcohol use in under 21 yo is always abuse. Illicit drug use is always abuse. Addiction = drug seeking, dose increasing, losing interest in healthy activities. Dependence = having physical symptoms of illness if drug is not used.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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