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drug abuse

noun
1.
addiction to drugs.
2.
substance abuse involving drugs.
Origin of drug abuse
1965-1970
1965-70
Related forms
drug abuser, noun
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drug abuse n.
Habitual use of drugs to alter one's mood, emotion, or state of consciousness.

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