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What Do You Know About Substance-Use Disorder?

Substance-use disorder is also called drug addiction. It affects more than just the person using the drugs. Substance abuse can break apart families, ruin personal relationships, and make it difficult to keep a job. Learn more about substance-use disorder and its effects by taking this quiz. It is based on information from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

1. People who abuse drugs are weak-willed. They could control their craving for drugs if they tried.
2. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the U.S.
3. "Club drugs" got their start at all-night dance parties among teens. These illicit drugs have moved into mainstream culture.
4. Over the last few years, the number of people abusing controlled prescription drugs in the U.S. has grown.
5. Anabolic steroids are the same as corticosteroids. Both drugs have the same dangerous side effects.
6. Even 1 time of repeated "sniffing" of an inhalant can cause heart failure and death.
7. Different drugs cause different symptoms, so it's not always easy to tell when someone is abusing a substance. One possible sign of substance-use disorder in teens is when grades slip and school attendance becomes irregular.
8. If you suspect that a loved one is abusing drugs, wait to discuss the issue with the person until he or she is not high.
9. Most people who are treated for substance-use disorder need to stay in treatment for at least 3 months.
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Turley, Ray, BSN, MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 11/20/2014
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