Multidrug Abuse and Dependence

  • Marc A. Schuckit
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


A review of the epidemiology sections of the prior chapters reveals that most people have had experience with alcohol, nicotine, and at least one illicit substance at some time in their lives.1,2 The consumption of these substances has many implications, especially for drug interactions when two or more pharmacological agents are taken at the same time. The situation becomes even more complex in individuals who are also consuming over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs. Each substance has a potential for impacting on how other drugs are absorbed into the body, distributed throughout the tissues, metabolized, and how they impact on organs such as the brain.3


Multiple Drug Withdrawal Syndrome Antisocial Personality Disorder Toxic Reaction Illicit Substance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc A. Schuckit
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  1. 1.University of California Medical School and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare SystemSan DiegoUSA

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