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What is drug abuse?

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March 17, 2017 4:09PM

"Drug abuse" apllies to the deliberate misuse of drugs (chemicals and medicines that affect the human body).

- It can include over-usage or combination of legitimate substances to alter or increase their effect.

- It can also apply to using drugs or medicines for other than their intended, prescribed, or legal use.

- It also applies to the use of substances declared illegal by law.

What constitutes drug abuse varies dramatically by culture.

Answer 2: Drug abuse is a term used to denote the strong and unusual desire for legal and illegal medications, alcohol, cigarettes, and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, drug abuse is a dependency on the above and it is a global epidemic. Drug abuse can produce irritability, blurred vision, dizziness, impaired ability to breathe, hallucinations, and death. Despite well known risks, people continue to abuse drugs, and such abuse continues to destroy lives. Drug abuse costs the United States and estimated 100 billion dollars a year in health care, reduced job productivity, lost earnings and crime. But perhaps it is young ones-children who pay the highest price. Reports from all over the world are grim. The UN Secretary General Kofi Anan said: Drugs are tearing apart our societies, spawning crime, spreading diseases such as aids and killing our youth and our future.