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How can I tell if my child is using drugs???

It’s difficult to tell if your child is participating in drug use, because of all the changes in mood, attitudes, unusual temper outbursts, and changes in hobbies or other interests are common in teenagers.

10 Things to watch for as a Parent: always be looking for signs of depression, withdrawal and hostility.

1. Changes in Friends

2. Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, discipline problems at school, activity changes.

3. Increased secrecy about possessions of activities.

4. Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors.

5. Subtle changes in conversations with friends, i.e. using more secretive coded language. For example, ” four twenty” is a code name for a time to get high.

6. Change in clothing choices, such as a new fascination with clothes that highlight drug use.

7. Evidence of drug paraphernalia, such as pipes or rolling papers.

8. Evidence of inhalant products, such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, and other common inhalants.

9. Bottles of eye drops, used to mask blood shot eyes, or dilated pupils.

10. Missing prescription drugs- especially narcotics and stabilizers.

These 10 changes are often a signal to parents that something is going on, that often involve alcohol and other drugs. Please seek help in dealing with these issues should they arise!!!

Information Provided by- National Drug Awareness Program- Elks National Foundation