Drugs: Misuse and Abuse

Drug Misuse

Drug misuse is when a drug is used for something other than it's intended purpose.

Drug misuse is...

  • Taking more than the dosage needed to feel better
  • Taking it more often than necessary
  • Taking the drug longer than necessary

Many first try drugs out of curiosity to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or to try to improve their athletic abilities, or ease problems (stress, anxiety, or depression)

Why do some drug users become addicted, while others don't?

It differs from  person to person. Your genes, mental health, and social environment play a role in addiction. Things that increase your vulnerability include

- Family history of addiction

-Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences in childhood.

-Mental disorders (depression,anxiety)

-Use of drugs early on.

Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse is when an illegal drug is used or when you misuse a legal or illegal drug on purpose.

Drug Abuse Facts

  • Worldwide, drug abuse kills around 200,000 people a year.
  • when you abuse drugs, it disrupts the way nerve cells usually send, receive, and process information.
  • it is estimated that drugs and alcohol are a factor in at least 80% of domestic violence incidents.
  • according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) drug abuse costs in the US over 600 billion dollars in health care treatments.


Withdrawal is the negative symptoms that people experience after they stop taking a drug that they are dependent on. There are two types of dependence:

Physical dependance

Physical dependence is the body's chemical need for a drug.

A person in physical withdrawal may experience vomiting, muscle and joint pain, fever, chills, and anxiety

Psychological Dependence

Psychological dependence is the mental or emotional need for a drug

A person in psychological withdrawal may experience sleeplessness, nervousness, irritability, and depression


Addiction is the uncontrollable  use of a drug

The person that is addicted continues to take the drug even if it is harmful to his or her health

  • a person with addiction cannot control his/hers use of a drug because he/she has become dependent on the drug.

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