Subtle symptoms of chemical abuse
Change in friends
Change in dress and appearance
Change in activities and interests
Drop in school marks
Changes in behavior at home
Staying out all night
Use of eye drops
Dropping out of participation at sport
Not so subtle symptoms of chemical abuse
Deep depression and ours of extra sleep
Extreme withdrawal from family
Increased unexplained absenteeism from school.
Phone calls that produce frantic reactions (cheap drugs available or threats because drugs have not been paid for)
Appearance of new friends
Attempting to change the subject when challenged
Money problems extreme loss of weight
Listening to music with pro-drug lyrics
Burnt holes in clothes (from heated drugs that spill on to clothes.)
Acting disconnected or spaced out
Definite indicators of drug abuse
Vials, small bags, mirrors, pipes, tubes, razor blades, foil lighters, matches, empty matchboxes, soft drink cans converted into pipes in the bedroom.
Possession of large amounts of money (possible selling)
Needle marks in the arms or suddenly wearing clothing to hide possible needle marks.
Trouble with the police
Uncontrolled outbursts of laughter for no apparent reason.
Dilated or pin point pupils.
Repeatedly blood shot eyes.
Mention of suicide.
Medicine disappearing from cupboard.
Defending the rights of people to use drugs.
Time out with people who are known to be alcohol and drug abusers.
Puffy or droopy eyelids that partially hang over iris.