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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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Worldwide, there have been ongoing changes in the legal status of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other psychoactive substances or drugs, as states attempt to develop balanced strategies of supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction.
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Third distinction is related to the fact whether a certain psychoactive substance has a medically acceptable use or not.
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6% of the undergraduates have consumed any illicit psychoactive drug in their life, the preferred psychoactive substance among undergraduates in marihuana, followed by cocaine and amphetamines.
As people aged, however, more of the correlation in psychoactive substance use resulted from genetic factors that influenced the use of both caffeine and nicotine.
Such policy questions should be addressed while keeping in mind the contingent history of our relationship with psychoactive substances.
Psychoactive substances, formerly known as 'legal highs', were outlawed in May 2016.
Harris, from Morley Close in Newport, admitted supplying Class A and C drugs and a psychoactive substance.
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The broader CDA contains many civil servants representing different government departments and reporting to their ministers, each of whom may have different positions on aspects of policy related to alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and psychoactive substance use.