Drug Abuse

The use and abuse of drugs is a health, social, and law enforcementproblem affecting millions of people. The word drugcovers a wide variety of substances that affect the way the body functions.Prescription and over-the-counter medicines are drugs used to prevent andtreat diseases and illnesses and to relieve symptoms. Socially acceptabledrugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, are legal for people over a certain age.Illegal substances, such as heroin and LSD, also come under the heading ofdrugs. Drug abuse includes the following practices: use of an illegaldrug, use of any drug (whether prescription or over-the-counter) for a purposeother than directed, use of a drug in a greater amount than directed, or useof a drug in a different manner than directed. The...

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