Recognizing Teen Drug Use

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Signs of Drug Use


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


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


  • 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

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