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22

March 2011

Definition of Drug Abuse and Dependence Signs in California Teens

by At-Risk.org Staff, on abuse, california, dependence, drug, substance, teen, teenagers, teens

Drug abuse is compulsive, excessive, and self-damaging use of habit forming drugs or substances, leading to addiction or dependence, serious physiological injury (such as damage to kidneys, liver, heart) and/or psychological harm (such as dysfunctional behavior patterns, hallucinations, memory loss), or death. It is also called substance abuse.   Drug abuse definition can classify three categories:   1. Use - It is when teens or adults use drugs occasionally,…