Definition of Drug of abuse
1. Noun. A drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction.
Specialized synonyms: Amphetamine, Pep Pill, Speed, Upper, Gateway Drug, Lsd, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, Depressant, Downer, Sedative, Sedative Drug, Soft Drug, Baccy, Tobacco, Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverage, Alcoholic Drink, Inebriant, Intoxicant
Generic synonyms: Drug
Drug Of Abuse Pictures
Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Drug Of Abuse Images
Lexicographical Neighbors of Drug Of Abuse
Literary usage of Drug of abuse
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Cocaine Use in America: Epidemmiologic and Clinical Perspectives edited by Nicholas J. Kozel, Edgar H. Adams (1996)
"Furthermore, close examination of the cocaine data in table 2 indicates that for 71% of the instances where cocaine is the primary drug of abuse, ..."
2. Treatment Services for Adolescent Substance Abusers by Alfred S. Friedman (1998)
"A comparatively small number (6.1 percent) reported alcohol as the primary drug of abuse. (This is probably because federally funded drug treatment programs ..."
3. Overview of Addiction Treatment Effectiveness by Mim J. Landry (1996)
"Thus, when patients are maintained on effect-altering medications and consume the drug of abuse for which the effect-altering medication is designed to ..."
4. Cocaine: Pharmacology, Effects, and Treatment of Abuse edited by John Grabowski (1994)
"... popular literature and the media are excessive, and few would disagree that cocaine is the most infamous drug of abuse in the United States today. ..."
5. Date Rape Drugs: Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, U.S. House of edited by Fred Upton (1999)
"As a drug of abuse, ketamine (street name "Special K") has become common at dance parties or "raves." It produces a dose-related progression of effects from ..."
6. Drug Addiction Research & the Health of Women edited by Cora L. Wetherington (1999)
"... receptors, or physiologic systems that have been affected or damaged by the drug of abuse. • Former heroin and cocaine addicts who are drug-free have ..."
7. Identifying and Responding to New Forms of Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from by Marcia R. Chaiken (1994)
"Primary drug of abuse switches from PCP to cocaine in cases seen at Harlem Hospital. Citywide cocaine use, drug dependency, and homicide rates increase. ..."