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How to Spot Teen Drug Abuse

Have you ever seen your teen friend suddenly acting odd or simply very different? Chances are, he or she may be using drugs or alcohol.

Here are signs you can watch for that could tell you if your teen friend is abusing drugs (courtesy of National Institute of Health):

  1. Bloodshot eyes
  2. Persistent cough
  3. Pupils of eyes extremely big or extremely small; rapid eye motion (might be a sign of PCP abuse)
  4. Loss of appetite (occurs with amphetamine, methamphetamine, cocaine use)
  5. Increased appetite (with marijuana use)
  6. Sluggishness, listlessness, or constant sleeping (opiate drugs such as heroine, codeine; or may occur when coming down off stimulant drugs)
  7. Hyperactivity (as seen with "uppers" such as cocaine, methamphetamine)
  8. Poor school performance and increased school absenteeism
  9. Withdrawal from family and extracurricular activities
  10. Change in group of friends
  11. Unusual odor on breath (inhalant drugs)
  12. Secretive behavior
  13. Lying or stealing
  14. Slow or slurred speech (downers and depressants)
  15. Rapid, explosive speech (uppers)

Keep in mind: Early intervention may decrease the chances that your friend will continue to abuse drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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