How Can You Tell if Someone is Abusing Drugs?

The abuse of illegal and legal drugs continues to spike and end lives despite an increase of public health and law enforcement initiatives to combat the problem. Drugs such as heroin that were considered a relic from the 1970s have been slowly making a comeback throughout the United States. Quaaludes which are no longer legally manufactured in most countries have shown up even in rural areas due to clandestine labs. People used to need houses to manufacture methamphetamine, but modern technology has made it easy for people to make meth from a soda bottle inside of a vehicle. Drug abusers are usually very secretive with people who do not use drugs, but some ways you can tell if someone is abusing drugs are as follows.

  • Change of peer group, whether your loved one is a teenager or well into adulthood. People using illegal drugs or abusing legal substances such as alcohol and prescription drugs usually isolate from former friends and family members and start hanging out with new acquaintances.
  • Red eyes.
  • Unusual body odor or the frequent scent of household chemicals.
  • Lack of energy and motivation.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Unexplained accidents whether through slips and falls or motor vehicle collisions.
  • Frequent nasal congestion or runny nose that is not due to a history of allergies.
  • Ongoing physical and psychological health ailments such as unexplained bruises, cuts, excessive sleeping, insomnia, personality changes, and dental problems.
  • Unexplained absences from once-important gatherings.
  • Missing items or ongoing financial problems.