Journal of
Clinical Pathology and Forensic Medicine

  • Abbreviation: J. Clin. Pathol. Forensic Med.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2405
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCPFM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 29


Substance abuse and its medico-legal considerations

Putul Mahanta
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India. House No-1, Karmabir Bordoloi Path, Wireless, Dispur, Guwahati-781006, Assam and India.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 February 2011
  •  Published: 28 February 2011


Drug abuse and dependence ‘represents different ends’ the same disease processes. Over the long-term, this dependence results in physical harms, behavioural problems and association with people that have seen seems abused. The actions of drugs are misused in all fields. This misused is not limited to therapeutic purposes, but to terminate the frustrated lives as well. During the past few years, dramatic changes have occurred in the field of drugs abuse. Magnificent increases is everywhere in the number of drug users who are the member of dominant culture. These users turn to some form of crude amateur crime like burglary, robbery and even the prostitution to support their habits. Juvenile’s addiction in the larger cities has become a major problem causing substantial harm to the society. The medico legal, social, moral and ethical issues will be briefed here.


Key words: Substance abuse, drug dependence, legal issues, drug traffic.