Teenagers and drugs
Although some surveys suggest that drug use in teens has decreased since 2001, the numbers are still quite high. Over 17% of high school students admit use of illegal drugs within one month of when they were asked and more than 40% of those over 12 years old say that they have tried an illegal substance at least once in their lifetimes.
Some signs of possible drug use may include:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Persistent cough
- Pupils of eyes extremely big (dilated) or extremely small (pinpoint)
- Loss of appetite (as in the case with amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine)
- Increased appetite (as in the case with marijuana)
- Sluggishness, listlessness or constant sleeping (opiate drugs such as heroine, codeine. Or may occur when coming down off stimulant drugs)
- Hyperactivity (as seen with ‘uppers’ such as cocaine, methamphetamines)
- Poor school performance and increased school absenteeism
- Withdrawal from family and extracurricular activities
- Change in group of friends
- Unusual odor on breath (inhalant drugs)
- Secretive behavior
- Lying or stealing
- Slow or slurred speech (downers and depressants)
- Rapid, explosive speech (uppers)
- Unsteady gait (ataxia)
Early intervention may decrease the likelihood that drug use will continue in this population. See drug abuse and dependence and drug abuse.
by Levon Ter-Markosyan, D.M.D.
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