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psychoactive drug

Substance abuse An agent that provides pleasure or ameliorates pain, and may cause physical dependence and tolerance, with a tendency to ↑ dose in order to achieve the same effect; use of non-prescribed psychoactive agents may be 'social' or casual, or evolve into frank addiction; in descending order of addictive potential cocaine/'crack', amphetamines, opiates, nicotine, alcohol, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, cannabis, hallucinogens, caffeine Therapeutics An agent that improves the ability to function appropriately in clinical settings–eg, psych ward, nursing home Types Antidepressants–eg, desipramine, nortryptyline, antipsychotics–eg, haloperidol, thioridazine, benzodiazepines–eg, lorazepam, diazepam, and other hypnotics–eg, diphenhydramine

psy·cho·ac·tive drug

(sīkō-aktiv drŭg)
Pharmacotherapeutic agent that possesses action to alter mood, behavior, cognitive processes, or mental stress.
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A focus on harm reduction does not intend to send a message to the community that risky behaviours and the use of psychoactive substances or drugs are acceptable.
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Treatment usually requires the patient to withdraw from all psychoactive substances and all prescribed and over-the-counter drugs that cross the brain barrier and are not essential for the treatment of the multiple general medical and central nervous system conditions that are present.
We will be able to drastically reduce the time needed to assess and possibly decide on an EU wide ban of new psychoactive substances.
A sniffer dog detected more than 100 packets of cigarettes carrying Romanian health warnings, while a quantity of an suspected psychoactive substances were found at the West Road off-licence.
Northumbria Police said in a statement: "It is believed all of those involved have taken similar types of new psychoactive substances (NPS) that were bought in the Hippy Green area of Newcastle.
Now pharmacologist Dr Stephanie Sharp, a co-founder of Glasgow Expert Witness Service, is calling for prisoners to be given the real thing because it is safer than psychoactive substances.
Scott Jardine, substance misuse coordinator for Police Scotland, said:"We realised that there wasn't as much information on new psychoactive substances for the emergency services as there should be so we've organised this training for that purpose.
Ms Makgato said Batswana of all age groups were suffering and dying from using psychoactive substances.
Toby Wilbraham, defending, said Nelson had bought the canisters two months prior to the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act on May 26, 2016.
Singapore and UNODC teamed up for a pilot initiative to combat the growing and global challenges posed by new psychoactive substances.
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