Substance use

Substance abuse; Illicit drug abuse; Narcotic abuse; Hallucinogen abuse

Substance use is the continued use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs with negative consequences. These consequences may involve:

  • Problems at work, school, home or in interpersonal relationships
  • Problems with the law
  • Physical risks that come with using drugs in dangerous situations

Substances that are commonly used include: