What is ABUSE POTENTIAL?

Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff 

the ability a drug retains to keep someone dependent on it. Such ability is often directly correlated with how the drug is given and how quickly it enter one's bloodstream and nervous system in order to produce a high sensation. Thus, drugs that enter the system more quickly through expedited methods such as an IV will be more likely to be habit-forming than those at a slower rate, such as oral ingestion.

ABUSE POTENTIAL: "Loved ones or friends of people who've fallen prey to drug addiction are often surprised by such because they merely consider the person's willpower against drug use and not to role of the drug's abuse potential."

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