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substance abuse warning signs, teen substance abuse

1. Heroin- Heroin is an opiate drug that is highly addictive, and it is one of the substances that can lead to a fatal overdose. Physical withdrawal symptoms with this drug can be severe. While under the influence the user will have pupils that are contracted and very small, and they may sleep at various hours of the day and night.

2. Alcohol- Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances used by teens and underage drinking is a big problem around the country. Slurred speech, difficulty walking, and confused thinking are often seen when alcohol intoxication occurs. Empty bottles and cans may be hidden in the teen’s room or in the outside garbage bin.

3. Marijuana- Marijuana is considered the top substance abused by many age groups. This drug is either smoked or ingested in food products. If the teen is under the influence of marijuana they will usually have eyes that are glassy and bloodshot. Their appetite will be enormous and they will typically prefer junk foods and sweets. A lack of motivation and energy can also be seen.

4. Methamphetamine- Also called speed or just meth this substance is very addictive and very dangerous. The user may seem highly energetic and their speech pattern may be rapid. The individual may have difficulty sitting still and accelerated thinking patterns are common.

5. Cocaine- Cocaine and crack cocaine are commonly used by teens in larger cities, sometimes at very young ages. This substance will produce a short lived sense of euphoria and a burst of energy that quickly leads to a crash. Anxiety and irritability may be seen when the user starts to come down.