What is drug misuse and abuse?
Misuse occurs when someone uses a drug for something other than it’s intended reason. Abuse is when prescriptions are used for the purpose of getting high. Reply.
What is drug misuse?
Drug misuse is defined as the use of a substance for a purpose not consistent with legal or medical guidelines (WHO, 2006). It has a negative impact on health or functioning and may take the form of drug dependence, or be part of a wider spectrum of problematic or harmful behaviour (DH, 2006b).
Is an addiction a disease?
Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors.