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Substance Abuse

Chapter 17

Addiction A state of overwhelming obsession or physical need to continue the use of a drug or agent.
Antidote A substance that is used to neutralize or counteract a poison
Delirium Tremens (DTs) A severe withdrawal syndrome seen in alcoholics who are deprived of ethyl alcohol; characterized by restlessness, fever, sweating, disorientation, agitation, and seizures; can be fatal if untreated.
Emesis Vomiting
Hallucinogens Agents that produce false perceptions in any one of the five senses.
Hematemesis Vomiting blood
Hypnotic A sleep-inducing effect or agent
Ingestion Swallowing; taking a substance by mouth
Opioids Any drug or agent with actions similar to morphine.
Poison A substance whose chemical action could damage structures or impair function when introduced into the body.
Sedative A substance that decreases activity and excitement.
Stimulant An agent that produces and excited state.
Substance abuse The misuse of any substance to produce some desired effect.
Tolerance The need for increasing amounts of a drug to obtain the same effect.
Toxin A poison or harmful substance produced by bacteria, animals, or plants.
Vomitus Vomited material.
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