Browser Compatibility Notification
It appears you are trying to access this site using an outdated browser. As a result, parts of the site may not function properly for you. We recommend updating your browser to its most recent version at your earliest convenience.
Skip to content

Signs of Drug Use

491303_12039776.jpgPersonality Changes

  • Lack of interest in family and family activities
  • Being secretive about friends, possessions, and activities
  • Disrespectful
  • Verbally and physically abusive
  • Acting paranoid or confused
  • Demanding more privacy, locking doors, avoiding eye contact, and sneaking around
  • Change in hobbies or activities
  • Unexplained need for money and stealing money  
  • Defiant of authority

Physical Changes

  • Overtired or hyperactive
  • Poor hygiene or grooming
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Not sleeping or sleeping too much

Social Changes

  • Skipping school
  • Sleeping in class
  • Lack of interest in school work
  • Poor attitude toward sports or other extracurricular activities
  • Reduced memory and attention span
  • Drop in grades


Drug-Specific Signs

drugs-1.jpgMarijuana

  • Glassy, red eyes
  • Loud talking and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness
  • A sweet burnt scent
  • Loss of interest and motivation
  • Weight gain or loss

Alcohol

  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Slurred speech
  • Sleepiness
  • Poor judgment
  • Dilated pupils
  • Possession of a false ID card

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
  • Contracted pupils

Stimulants

  • Hyperactivity
  • Euphoria
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times
  • May go long periods of time without eating or sleeping
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth and nose

Inhalants (Glues, Aerosols, and vapors)

  • Watery eyes
  • Impaired vision, memory, and thought
  • Secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Appearance of intoxication
  • Drowsiness
  • Poor muscle control
  • Changes in appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Unusual number of spray cans in the trash

drugs-2.jpgHallucinogens

  • Dilated pupils
  • Bizarre and irrational behaviour including paranoia, aggression, and hallucinations
  • Mood swings
  • Detachment from people
  • Absorption with self or other objects
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion

Heroin

  • Needle marks
  • Sleeping at unusual times
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing and sniffling
  • Twitching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Contracted pupils
  • No response of pupils to light

Tobacco/Nicotine

  • Smell of tobacco
  • Stained fingers or teeth