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Health: Drug Use: South Asia
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Drug use for non-medicinal purposes refers to the voluntary consumption of chemicals and narcotics in order to enhance or suppress certain sensory perceptions and functions. Drug addiction refers to the physical and psychological dependency that is the outcome of consistent drug use (including non-recreational drugs such as painkillers and tranquilizers). In South Asia, the consumption of drugs for non-medicinal pur…

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Siddiqi, Najma, “Health: Drug Use: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00376c>
First published online: 2009

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