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Drug Misuse and Abuse

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Narcotics
Specific drugs that are obtainable only by prescription and are use to relieve pain.
Addiction
Physical or psychological need for a drug
Stimulants
Drugs (such as caffeine, nicotine, and the more powerful amphetamines, cocaine, and Ecstasy) that excite neural activity and speed up body functions.
Amphetamine
A drug that stimulates the central nervous system
Methamphetamine
A powerfully addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system, with speeded-up body functions and associated energy and mood changes; over time, appears to reduce baseline dopamine levels.
Depressants
Drugs (such as alcohol, barbiturates, and opiates) that reduce neural activity and slow body functions.
Hallucinogens
Drugs that distort mood, thought, and senses (PCP or LSD).
Psychological Dependence
An addiction in which the mind sends the body a message that is needs more of a drug.
Inhalant
Any substance whose fumes are sniffed and inhaled to produce mind-altering sensations
Physical Dependence
Type of addiction in which the body itself feels a direct need for a drug.