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Substance abuse

The use of illegal substances or the inappropriate use of legal substances. The repeated use of these substances to produce pleasure, to alleviate stress, or to alter or avoid reality (or all three). The use of these substances must have a negative impact on social, familial, and economic aspects of an individualís life (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2000).

Source: reproduced with the permission of the Government of Canada

added by
Burkhard Hasenpusch
German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP)

french: Abus de substances