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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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"And the vast majority of drug users have admitted that solvent abuse was their 'Stepping Stone' to illegal drugs."
Recent research has shown up to 60 per cent of deaths from volatile solvent abuse occur among first-time users.
Between 1971 and 2004, most deaths from VSA occurred in the 14 to 18 age range but children under the age of 10 have died from the effects of solvent abuse.
"Solvent abuse is a cheap way to get high," he said.
Inhalant and Cocaine Abusers with Subcortical Abnormalities, by Brain Region Affected Solvent Abuse (n=50) Cocaine Abuse (n=51) Basal Ganglia 11 (22%) 1 (2% Cerebellum 21 (42%) 9 (18%) Pons 20 (40%) 5 (10%) Thalamus 5 (10%) 2 (4%) Note: Table made from bar graph.
The 1980s saw the biggest epidemic of solvent abuse but it had been steadily going down until now.
all the way to Ottawa to bring a message to Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC) Minister Robert Nault that the solvent abuse problem on-reserve needs to be addressed, and soon.
A year later, all but five of the 18 teenagers treated at Poundmaker's had returned to solvent abuse. At the same time, the Newfoundland Provincial Court was busy dealing with its normal caseload of drunken adult violence, and substance-abusing children.
It's estimated the money will provide treatment for an additional 3,000 people a year, while also enhancing addiction treatment services through the country's National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and Youth Solvent Abuse Program.
Our society is blighted by such other "drugs" as alcohol, solvent abuse and tobacco that kill as many people as does drugs.
Solvent abuse is possible with a range of organic solvents (which means it isn't water), some being worse than others.
Young people will also benefit from a near-pounds 10,000 grant to Solve It Merseyside, which will pay for an education programme about the dangers of solvent abuse.