Definitions for "Drug Abuse"
Voluntary and regular uncontrolled use and/or overuse of use of illegal drugs or regular abuse legal drugs including alcohol and prescription medications.
Improper use of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and controlled substances.
Using illegal drugs; using legal drugs inappropriately. The repeated, high-dose, self-administration of drugs to produce pleasure, to alleviate stress, or to alter or avoid reality (or all three).
Continued use of a drug despite serious consequences in the absence of signs of dependency (i.e., no symptoms of tolerance, withdrawal, or compulsive craving). See also drug dependence.
"Drug-taking behavior resulting in some form of physical, mental, or social impairment" ( Levinthal
The taking of a drug in a manner that causes bodily or mental harm.
The use of a drug for a purpose other than that for which it is normally prescribed or recommended.
Pathological use of prescribed or un-prescribed chemical substance.
excessive use of drugs
persistent or excessive use of a drug without medical or health reasons
regular use of a drug other than for its accepted medical purpose or in doses greater than those considered appropriate.