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Please help me with the following problem.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word "a habitual drug user"?
Is it 'a person who's been addicted to illegal drugs such as Coke'?
Or is it 'a person who's been on medications to manage a chronic disease'?
According to Cambridge dictionary, 'drugs' either means:
medicine - any natural or artificially made chemical which is used as a medicine.
illegal substance - any natural or artificially made chemical which is taken for pleasure, to improve someone's performance of an activity, or because a person cannot stop using it.
So I presume by your expression, it can be both meanings, tending to illegal substance because if it is a person who has permanent illness due to complications it would be wiser to talk about his sickness, not the medicine. I think it's a problem of semantic.
If you need to describe someone who uses medications to manage a chronic disease, do not call that person a "drug user."
Anonymous:How about 'a habitual user of drug'?
Doesn't this too refer to a person who atkes medications regularly in order to manage his/her
For illegal drugs, it's more common to hear "junkie" or "addict". I would use the terms "coke-head" or "meth-head" to describe someone that abuses those drugs.
For someone using prescription drugs appropriately over a long period of time, I think I would instinctively say “on long-term medication”.
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