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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.

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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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One-way analyses of variance (ANOVAs) were conducted on continuous variables (age, education, and prior treatments), and chi-square tests of independence were conducted on categorical variables (ethnicity, marital status, drug of choice, and polysubstance abuse).
An examination of AXIS I primary diagnoses for males revealed that 13 (25.5%) were that of depression, 8 (15.7%) were polysubstance abuse, 6 (11.8%) were conduct disorder, and 6 (11.8%) were oppositional-defiant disorder.
Other Axis I diagnoses at the time of discharge included Polysubstance Abuse (n = 2), Substance Abuse (n = 1), and Depression (n = 1).
Twenty-four persons (69%) had a self-reported history of drug abuse, with 11 (31%) reporting polysubstance abuse and 12 (34%) intravenous drug abuse.
Additionally, illicit HGH use in this population is often associated with polysubstance abuse involving both performance-enhancing and classical drugs.
A 37-year-old woman with a history of illicit polysubstance abuse was transferred to our institution after a large calcified pelvic mass was found on computed tomography (CT) (Figure 1).
Participants were 43 female offenders with histories of polysubstance abuse or dependence who participated in residential treatment for a minimum of nine months.
Ramoutar, "Subdural empyema complicating bacterial meningitis: a challenging diagnosis in a patient with polysubstance abuse," Case Reports in Medicine, vol.
The positive immunoassay result for amphetamines combined with the history of polysubstance abuse caused concerns that the patient was abusing illicit drugs and therefore would not be a good candidate for liver transplantation.
DSM-IV-R Axis I diagnoses on admission % Substance-induced psychosis 55 Substance abuse 15 Polysubstance abuse 11 Other (Adjustment disorder, Anxiety disorder, V code) 8 Schizophreniform disorder 7 Bipolar disorder 7 Major depressive disorder with psychosis 7 Schizophrenia 5 Psychosis due to general medical condition 4 Schizo-affective disorder 3 Substance-induced mood disorder 3 Table 2.