What are the signs of drug use?
The signs of drug use depends on the drug and the person using the drug. Behaviours that may be signs of a drug use problem include:
- Changes in sleeping or eating habits, less attention to dressing and grooming, or less interest in sex.
- Up and down moods, a mood or attitude that is getting worse, or not caring about the future.
- Anger toward others or treating others badly.
- Sneaky behaviour, lying, or stealing.
- Poor family relationships, or relationships that are getting worse.
- New problems at work or school, or problems with the law.
- Dropping old friends and activities, finding new friends, and not wanting old friends to meet them.
Having these signs doesn't always mean a person is using drugs. The behaviour could be because of work or school stress, or it could be a sign of depression or another health problem. But behaviour changes like these are common in people who use drugs.
Physical signs of drug use include:
- Red eyes, a sore throat, a dry cough, and feeling tired.
- Needle marks on the arm or other area of the body.
- Small, "pinpoint" pupils in the eyes.
- Losing weight without trying to, or not feeling like eating.
- Changes in sleep behaviour, such as not sleeping as well.
- Seeing things that don't exist (hallucinations).