• Warning Signs of Teenage Drug Abuse Every Parent Should Know

    Teenage drug abuse has become a more prevalent problem of the United States in the past couple of years. It is a serious topic that every parent should be concerned about today. If you are a parent worried about your teenager drinking or abusing drugs, take note some of the important signs and symptoms below.

    Drug-Specific Signs and Symptoms:

    Alcohol: Clumsiness, difficulty walking, slurred speech, dilated pupils, and sleepiness.

    Tobacco/Nicotine: Smell of tobacco, stained fingers or teeth.

    Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes, dilated pupils, loud talking and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness, forgetfulness, loss of interest, change in motivation, weight gain or loss, and a sweet burnt scent.

    Cocaine: Insomnia, nose bleeds, rapid heartbeat, eyes bloodshot and wide open, speech is faster than normal, irritability, frequent mood swings, reoccurring anxiety attacks.

    Heroin: Needle marks, pupils constricted and nonresponsive to light, shallow breathing, sweating, vomiting, coughing and sniffing, twitching, loss of appetite, sleeping at unusual times, apathetic and lethargic behavior, losing interest in friends and hobbies, engaging in criminal activities or reckless behaviour to support their habit.

    Crystal Methamphetamine: Euphoric state, insomnia, paranoia, loss of appetite, increased nervousness, increased body temperature, sweating without physical activity, and sensation of insects crawling on the skin.

    Steroid Use: Joint pain, hair loss, yellowing of the skin, urine discoloration or blood in the urine, rapid muscle growth, bloating and night sweating, extreme appetite shift, extreme mood swings, aggressive behavior, irritability, and acne breakouts on back and shoulders.

    Depressants (including barbiturates and tranquilizers):  Seems drunk as if from alcohol but without the associated odor of alcohol, difficulty concentrating, clumsiness, poor judgment, slurred speech, sleepiness, and constricted pupils.

    Stimulants: Hyperactivity, euphoria, irritability, anxiety, excessive taking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at unusual times, may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping, dilated pupils, weight loss, dry mouth and nose.

    Inhalants (including glues, aerosol, and vapors): Watery eyes, impaired vision, memory, and thought, headaches and nausea, appearance of intoxication, drowsiness, poor muscle control, changes in appetite, anxiety, irritability, and an unusual number of spray cans in the trash.

    Hallucinogens: Dilated pupils, bizarre and irrational behaviour including paranoia, aggression, hallucination, mood swings, detachment from people, absorption with self or other objects, slurred speech, and confusion.

    There are no parenting skills or behaviors that guarantee young people not to use drugs.  However, by being aware of these warning signs, the substance abuse may be restrained or prevented with the help of the parents and family.



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