substance abuse

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The nonclinical, or recreational, use of pharmacologically active substances such that continued use results in adverse physiological or psychological effects (see dependence). Substances commonly abused include alcohol (see alcoholism), amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, Ecstasy, heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and organic solvents (by inhalation).

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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