drug abuse

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The use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in large amounts. Drug abuse may lead to social, physical, emotional, and job-related problems.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "drug abuse"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "abuso de drogas"

Uso de sustancias ilegales o uso de medicamentos bajo receta médica o sin esta, con fines diferentes de los que se entiende que deben usarse, o para su consumo en grandes cantidades. El abuso de drogas puede conducir a problemas sociales, físicos, emocionales y laborales.