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Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When it comes to inhalant abuse, only 47% of parents have spoken to their children about it.
Suffocation is another potentially lethal danger of inhalant abuse. Some children have passed out and died with plastic bags over their heads.
The most common cause of death attributed to inhalant abuse is "sudden sniffing death syndrome," according to the guidelines.
All measures of inhalant abuse by 7th-12th graders remained stable in 2002 and 2003, according to PATS data.
The survey noted a 25% drop in inhalant abuse among 12th-graders in 2000-2001--good news, but not good enough when compared with the survey's statistics for younger students, Mr.
Inhalant abuse also can cause widespread, permanent brain damage; toluene can cause demyelinization in the brain and peripheral nervous system.
Most FPs won't catch them unless the topic of inhalant abuse is brought up by parents who suspect the problem or who have caught their child in the act, said Dr.
The American Academy of Paediatrics defines inhalant abuse "is the intentional inhalation of a volatile substance for the purpose of achieving an altered mental state."
Research show that inhalant abuse causes permanent damage to the brain and may result in "sudden sniffing death." It can also cause loss of memory, confusion or disorientation, distorted perception of time and distance, hallucination, illusion, nausea and vomiting.
Sources told the GDN that the defendant armed himself with two small knives after he got into a heated argument with his father about his inhalant abuse.
Villano, "Inhalant Abuse. California Poison Control System, UCSF," https://calpoison.org/news/inhalant-abuse, 28 Oct.
Inhalant abuse and dependence among adolescents in the United States.