Drug & Alcohol Warning Signs Warning signs your teen is using drugs and/or alcohol. • Changes in friends or social circle • Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, or declining grades • Increased secrecy about belongings or activities • Changes in sleep patterns, insomnia or habitually napping right after school • Irregular eating patterns • Health issues, frequent colds, and upper respiratory infections, change in appetite, sleep difficulties, nervousness, fatigue and depression • Overuse of incense, room deodorizer, or perfume to hide smoke or other odors • Use of tobacco, addiction to nicotine, a gateway to other drug use • Subtle changes in conversations with friends, i.e. more secretive, using “coded” language • Change in clothing choices: new fascination with clothes that highlights drug use • Increase in borrowing money • Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc. • Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories • Bottle of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils • New - Use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol • Missing prescription drugs – especially narcotics and mood stabilizers • Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
 

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