Is my teen doing drugs?

know if your child is using drugs or alcohol

If you think you teen might be doing drugs, look for the following warning signs:

Physical Changes

  • Small burn on thumb and forefinger, caused by smoking a joint down to the very end.
  • Drastic weight loss or gain for no reason
  • Overly tired or extremely hyperactive
  • Sudden increase or decrease in appetite
  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Red and glazed eyes
  • Impaired coordination
  • Wearing drug related clothing
  • Fatigue
  • Increased use of
    • Cloves (used to cover up the smell)
    • Breath mints (excessive use of Listerine or gum to cover up the smell)
    • Eye drops (used to mask bloodshot eyes, and/or dilated pupils)

Emotional Changes

  • Low self esteem
  • Unexplainable mood swings
  • Spending all the time at home, in his/her room
  • Unhappy or depressed
  • General lake of interest (in school, sports, and other activities that (s)he used to enjoy)
  • Over-reacts or does not care about most of the things
  • Verbally or physically abusive

Friends/Family Related Changes

  • Isolation from the family
  • Increased secrecy about possessions and/or activities
  • Lost respect for the family rules
  • Sudden change in friends, clothing, or hobbies.
  • Constantly giving excuses for just about everything
  • Increase in borrowing money
  • Seemingly talking in code/ secretively when you are around. If you hear your teen using any of the words in the list below, (s)he might be talking about the drugs.
    • Marijuana: pot, weed, herb, 420, la la, Mary Jane, bud, shake, green bean, PP's, OC's
    • Cocaine: white, snow, coca cola, yayo, yay, devil's dandruff, bugar sugar, sunshine, cold, winter, freeze, candy, nose, crack, base, freebase, zing, short tweak, 8-ball(as in 8th of a gram), teenager(as in 16th of a gram), salad
    • Meth: Crystal, glass, upper, tina, speed
    • PCP: leak, wet, sherm, illy, angel-dust, hair, dip, embalming fluid
    • LSD: blotter, acid, sid, liquid, gel, si lever, squares
    • Combining LSD, Acid, and Ecstasy: Candy flipping

School Related Changes

  • Declining grades
  • Discipline problems
  • Frequently caught stealing, fighting, or cheating at school

Other Warning signs (drugs paraphernalia)

  • Finding one or more of the following in your teens possession should be considered an alarming sign
    • Rolling papers
    • Pipes
    • Bongs
    • Syringes
    • Short plastic straws
    • Rolled up paper tubes
    • Roach clips
    • Bottles or cans with hardened glue, paint or chemical odors inside of them.

Important days to know

  • June 26th has been designated International day against drugs.
  • April 20th has been designated as “National Pot Smoker's Day” by some people. Every pot user is supposed to smoke a blunt (pot rolled into cigar) at 4:20PM on this date.

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