Addiction: Concepts and Definitions - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior

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Abuse and Misuse

In everyday English, abuse carries the connotations of improper, perverse, or corrupt use or practice, as in childabuse, or abuse of power. As applied to drugs, however, the term is difficult to define and carries different meanings in different contexts. In relation to therapeutic agents such as BENZONDIAZEPINES or MORPHINE, the term drug abuse is applied to their use for other than medical purposes, or in unnecessarily large quantities. With reference to licit but non-therapeutic substances such as ALCOHOL, it is understood to mean a level of use that is hazardous or damaging, either to the user or to others. When applied to illicit substances that have no recognizedmedical applications, such as PHENCYCLIDINE (PCP) or MESCALINE, any use is generally regarded as abuse. The term misuse refers more narrowly to the use of a therapeutic drug in any way other than what is...

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