drug abuse


addiction to drugs.
substance abuse involving drugs.

Nearby words

  1. drucilla,
  2. drudge,
  3. drudgery,
  4. drudgework,
  5. drug,
  6. drug addict,
  7. drug baron,
  8. drug enforcement administration,
  9. drug eruption,
  10. drug holiday

Origin of drug abuse

First recorded in 1965–70

Related formsdrug abuser, noun

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Medicine definitions for drug abuse

drug abuse


Habitual use of drugs to alter one's mood, emotion, or state of consciousness.

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