Teens

Recognizing Teen Drug Use

October 7th, 2019
Teen buys opioids from a drug dealer.

Recognizing Teen Drug Use

Signs of Drug Use

PHYSICAL

  • Nosebleeds
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tremors and seizures
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Change in weight
  • Constricted pupils

BEHAVIORAL

  • Isolation
  • Poor hygiene
  • Secretive behavior
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Sudden changes in friends

PSYCHOLOGICAL

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Sudden hyperactivity
  • Extreme mood swings

Common Hiding Spots

  • Between or behind books
  • Behind posters or paintings
  • Inside gaming console slots
  • Taped behind dresser drawers
  • In lipstick tubes or makeup cases
  • Inside over-the-counter medication boxes

Drug Paraphernalia

  • Lighters
  • Small baggies
  • Rolling papers
  • Straws
  • Spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Belts
  • Plastic pens
  • Razor blades

Source: Psychology Today, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids