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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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One such example he gave was Spice, a psychotropic substance that was first seen around the world around three years ago.
the region were effected in Saudi Arabia, followed by Jordan and the UAE, it said, adding that the growing abuse of pharmaceuticals containing psychotropic substances like benzodiazepines is a serious concern in the region.
The federal law On Changes to Specific Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on Issues Relating to the Prevention of Illegal (Non-Medical) Consumption of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances was passed by the State Duma on May 15 and approved by the Federation Council on May 29, the Kremlin reported on its website, Voice of Russia reported.
Non-intrusive methods of regulating the manufacture, trade and use of such psychotropic substances will be introduced,
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BRASILIA: An agreement between the governments of Brazil and Lebanon to combat the production, consumption and trafficking of psychotropic substances came into effect on Friday.
Additionally, the administration argued its commitment to the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances would be undermined by granting an exception to the UDV.
The EU move follows on from the United Nations decision in March 2001 to add these two substances to the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, the INCB claims that all nations are obliged to enact laws that prohibit inciting or inducing people "by any means" to "use narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances illicitly.
by Times News ServiceFour people were arrested by Royal Oman Police's Department of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal on Drug Demand Reduction and Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and precursor chemicals and related matters.