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Chapter 2 – Drug and Substance Abuse

Meaning and Types of Drug

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Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. One of the key impacts of illicit drug use on society is the negative health consequences experienced by its members. Drug use also puts a heavy financial burden on individuals, families and society.

Meaning of Drug

Drug is a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental wellbeing. Drug can be defined as chemical substances either naturally found in plants or artificially made by humans.

It is a medicine or other substance which …

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