What is the difference between "drug abuse", "drug mis-use", and "drug addiction"?


Some people seem to dislike the term drug "abuse", yet the terms are interchanged all of the time.

asked 15 Feb '12, 13:40

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The government refers to illegal or improper use of drugs as "drug abuse" not drug use. The research arm of the National Institutes for Health (NIH) is called the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is considered the conscious, improper use of drugs.


Harm Reduction

"Harm Reduction" is an approach to substance abuse and addiction that works to reduce the harm caused by use, while encouraging reduction and eventually elimination of unsafe substance use.


Drug Addiction

People can become addicted to drugs, which leads to chronic drug abuse if not managed properly.

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