drug addiction

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Chronic physical craving or compulsion to continue to take a drug to avoid the unpleasant physical effects resulting from withdrawal of the drug. Many drugs are associated with addiction including barbiturates, opiates (e.g. heroin), morphine, and alcohol. Use of the term often includes psychological dependence.

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