What Are the Signs?

Signs of drug use

Potential warning signs in individuals

Some signs and changes in behaviour or appearance that might indicate use of drugs including so called “legal highs”: 

  • Decline in performance in school work or youth club activities.
  • Changes in attendance and being unwilling to take part in school or youth club activities.
  • Unusual outbreaks of temper, market swings of moods, restlessness or irritability
  • More time being spent away from home, possibly with new friends or with friends in older age groups.
  • Excessive spending or borrowing of money.
  • Stealing money or goods.
  • Excessive tiredness without obvious cause.
  • No interest in physical appearance.
  • Sores or rashes, especially on the mouth or nose.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Blood shot eyes.
  • Wearing sunglasses at inappropriate times ( to hide dilated or constricted pupils).
  • Use of drug taker’s slang.
  • Being the subject of rumours about drug taking.
  • Having friends who use drugs.

Remember: many of the listed signs and symptoms are normal aspects of adolescent behaviour. All of them could be because of things other than drug use.

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