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abuse

 [ah-būs´]
misuse, maltreatment, or excessive use.
child abuse see child abuse.
domestic abuse abuse of a person by another person with whom the victim is living, has lived, or with whom a significant relationship exists. The abuse may take the form of verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical battering, or psychological (emotional) unavailability. Abuse is a learned behavior and has an escalating cycle; abusive behavior cuts across all racial, ethnic, educational, and socioeconomic boundaries.
drug abuse see drug abuse.
elder abuse maltreatment of an older adult, ranging from passive neglect of needs to overt mental, physical, or sexual assault.
physical abuse any act resulting in a nonaccidental physical injury, including not only intentional assault but also the results of unreasonable punishment.
psychoactive substance abuse substance abuse.
sexual abuse any act of a sexual nature performed in a criminal manner, as with a child or with a nonconsenting adult, including rape, incest, oral copulation, and penetration of genital or anal opening with a foreign object. The term also includes lewd or lascivious acts with a child; any sexual act that could be expected to trouble or offend another person when done by someone motivated by sexual interest; acts related to sexual exploitation, such as those related to pornography, prostitution involving minors, or coercion of minors to perform obscene acts.
substance abuse a substance use disorder characterized by the use of a mood or behavior-altering substance in a maladaptive pattern resulting in significant impairment or distress, such as failure to fulfill social or occupational obligations or recurrent use in situations in which it is physically dangerous to do so or which end in legal problems, but without fulfilling the criteria for substance dependence. Specific disorders are named for their etiology, such as alcohol abuse and anabolic steroid abuse. DSM-IV includes specific abuse disorders for alcohol, amphetamines or similar substances, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, PCP or similar substances, and sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics. See also drug abuse.

drug a·buse

habitual use of drugs not needed for therapeutic purposes, solely to alter one's mood, affect, or state of consciousness, or to affect a body function unnecessarily (as in laxative abuse).

drug abuse

n.
Inappropriate, illegal, or excessive use of a drug.

drug abuse

the use of a drug for a nontherapeutic effect. Some of the most commonly abused drugs are alcohol; nicotine; marijuana; amphetamines; barbiturates; cocaine; methaqualone; opium alkaloids; synthetic opioids; benzodiazepines, including flunitrazepam (Rohypnol); gamma-hydroxybutyrate; 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, ecstasy); phencyclidine; ketamine; and anabolic steroids. Drug abuse may lead to organ damage, addiction, and disturbed patterns of behavior. Some illicit drugs, such as heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide, and phencyclidine hydrochloride, have no recognized therapeutic effect in humans. Use of these drugs often incurs criminal penalty in addition to the potential for physical, social, and psychological harm. See also drug addiction.

drug abuse

The widely preferred term for the non-medicinal (“recreational”) use of controlled drugs; in the NHS, the phrase “substance misuse” is preferred.

drug abuse

See Substance abuse.

drug a·buse

(drŭg ă-byūs')
Habitual use of drugs not needed for therapeutic purposes (e.g., such as solely to alter one's mood, affect, or state of consciousness) or to affect a body function unnecessarily (e.g., laxative abuse); nonmedical use of drugs.

drug abuse

The use of any drug, for recreational or pleasure purposes, which is currently disapproved of by the majority of the members of a society. ‘Hard’ drugs are those liable to cause major emotional and physical dependency and an alteration in the social functioning of the user. See also COCAINE, DRUG DEPENDENCE, ECSTASY, HEROIN, MARIJUANA.

drug a·buse

(drŭg ă-byūs')
Habitual use of drugs not needed for therapeutic purposes, solely to alter one's mood, affect, or state of consciousness, or to affect a body function unnecessarily (e.g., laxative abuse).

Patient discussion about drug abuse

Q. If the baby movement is quick, will it be harmful …..? Hi to all here…….I am 24 and 3 week pregnant. I am so happy because pregnancy is vital in every women’s life. I am curious to know when I could feel the baby movement and how it will be. If the baby movement is quick, will it be harmful …..?

A. First, congratulations for Olivia..

You should feel your baby's first movements, called "quickening," between weeks 16 and 24 of your pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel your baby move until closer to 24 weeks. By the second pregnancy, some women start to feel movements as early as 13 weeks (this varies in every pregnant moms).

So when you reach your second trimester later, you need to monitor your baby's movement sometimes (just like saloni explained to you). Feel free to consult with your OB-GYN doctor whenever you feel a problem with your pregnancy.

But I wish you all the best for your pregnancy. Good luck! Stay healthy always..

Q. Is coffee so harmful? I am Saloni, 17 and a keen coffee-lover. Now-a-days, I drink lot of coffee which my brother has noticed and advised me to minimize the quantity. He also blames coffee for heart diseases and addiction status of the person. Is coffee so harmful?

A. The last response says "coffee is bad for you". This response gives no basis for its conclusion.

Coffee is served in hospitals. If coffee was really bad for you, then hospitals are doing bad things to patients and would have been sued for malpractice. A judge would laugh you right out of court for trying.

There are no FDA health warnings on coffee.

Coffee is served in restaurants everywhere in the world. Its everywhere in the work place. There aren't any rules concerning coffee.


Q. I am going for my first mammography, Is this test harmful? I am going for my first mammography on coming Tuesday…….just was worried as the doctor is suspecting a tumor….Is this test harmful?

A. Generally there is no harm. It may be harmful when you have them during or a week before the menstrual periods as due the tenderness of the breasts may cause discomfort.

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He touched upon the issue on a radio programme "Mann ki Baat" and invited views from people and NGOs on how to deal with the problem of drug abuse.
Ahmed Ali Brohi said that drug abuse behaviour had impacts on human life especially as it affected youth adding that being a core of the nation and future of the country; the youths should avoid every type of drugs and protect themselves.
00 Figure-1: Pattern of drug abuse among male residents Opiods 6% BZP 13% Anxiolytics 8% Antihistaminics 16% Cough syrups 5% NSAIDS 11% Nasal Decongestant 5% Antacid 5% Multivatimins 6% Nil 25% Note: Table made from pie chart.
Due to the major impact of drug abuse on the health, social, economic and security domains, all countries have diligently sought to fight such a problem, which has no longer been confined to a definite type of drug, nor has it been related to a certain country or social segment.
The 30-member Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse Commission would include representatives of health care and law enforcement entities.
The government also launched programmes to train doctors, psychiatrists and social workers to deal with issues of drug abuse and addiction as well as other programmes in collaboration with civil society organisations.
The United Nations General Assembly observes June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Although Drug Abuse covers the main categories of drugs often abused (hallucinogens, stimulants, and so forth), it fails to mention current drugs in the news that are being abused, such as salvia and bath salts.
West, recently released this fleet-wide message on drug abuse, which focuses on "Spice," herbal products and other designer drugs:
Drug abuse has also been defined as self-administration of drugs for non-medical reasons, in quantities and frequencies which may impart inability to function effectively and which may result in physical, social and/or emotional harm [2].
There are several textbooks in the area of prevention and cessation of drug abuse.
She has highlighted the links between child neglect and drug abuse, painting a bleak picture of parents who are more concerned about their next fix than feeding their children.