The WHO has defined a 'Drug' as any substance, which on entering a living organism, modifies one or more of its functions. The use of the drugs, for purposes other than the reason for its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug Abuse.
Drug abuse, Drug dependence, Harmful drug use, and Psychoactive substance use disorder, are all various names of the same condition. People generally start abusing these substances after they get addicted to it due to medical or non-medical reasons.
Addiction is generally defined as the continuous, compulsive usage of a drug despite physical and psychological harm that it may cause to the user and the society at large.
Nowadays, the term 'Substance abuse' is used frequently due to the wide range of substances, including alcohol and inhalants, that are included under the addictive drugs profile.
Conditions that arise from the misuse of alcohol, psychoactive drugs, and other chemical stimulants, are now phrased as 'Substance use disorder', or 'Psychoactive substance disorder.' Though certain drugs (Caffeine in coffee, and tea) are harmful in a mild sense, we humans are biased towards them, and hence are reluctant about branding its usage as addictive drug abuse.
What is new in Drug Abuse?
1. On-Site Testing of 'Party Drugs' Could Help Users Make Better DecisionsParty drugs could be tested on-site to help users understand the quality and harm caused by these drugs and whether it is worth taking them or not. The Pill testing involves party-goers having a sample of their drugs tested on-site by scientists and drug experts. They then receive information about what is in their drug, with the option of keeping the drug or anonymously handing it over.Read More..
Latest Publications and Research on Drug AbuseHope in Fort Hope: First Nations community is winning the battle against prescription drug abuse. - Published by PubMed
Factors Associated With Treatment Initiation for Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders Among Persons With HIV. - Published by PubMed
[Computer games and internet addiction as well as pathological gambling : Therapy approaches.] - Published by PubMed
Incidence of Priapism at Emergency Departments in the United States. - Published by PubMed
Anxiety disorders and drug dependence: Evidence on sequence and specificity among adults. - Published by PubMed