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Teen Drug Abuse

TEEN DRUG ABUSE Track marks on arms or legs (or long sleeves in warm weather to hide marks) Burns or soot on fingers or lips withdrawn, depressed Unusually tired Sullen, Silent, uncommunicative Hostile, angry, uncooperative Deceitful or secretive Makes endless excuses Decreased Motivation Lethargic Unable to speak intelligibly, slurred speech, or rapid-fire speech Inability to focus Hyperactive Unusually elated Periods of sleeplessness, followed by long periods of "catch up" sleep Red, flushed cheeks or face School Issues Unusually clumsy, stumbling, lack of coordination, poor balance Frequent nosebleeds Runny nose, not caused by allergies or a cold Frequent sickness Sores, spots around mouth Signs Queasy, nauseous Seizures Vomiting of Addiction Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain Skin abrasions/bruises injuries Accidents or sion Depress Headaches Wetting lips or excessive thirst Personal Habits a pa breath or 4. car accidents, or unexplained dents in the car After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders in the past year. 6% Salvia 4% Inhalants 3% OCocaine 35% Marijuana Hashish 8% Vicodin 7% Tranquilizers 6% Hallucinogens 8% Amphetamines 5% MDMA (Extasy) 7% Cough Medicine 6% ОхуСontin Sedatives Categories are not mutually exclusive 63% 63 percent of the youth who drink alcohol say that they initially got the alcohol from their own or their friend's homes. 40% 60% 40 percent of those who started drinking at age 13 or younger developed alcohol dependence later in life More than 60 percent of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school. 28% 28 percent of teens know a class- mate or friend who has used ec- stasy (Teen Substance Abuse). 20% 20 percent of 8th graders report that they have tried marijuana. Resources: Addiction Behavioral Issues MOor cianges or emotional instability hange in relationships with family members or friends SuonKiyui jo sso7 o 'pno Truancy or loss of interest in schoolwork Heavy use of eye drops, nasal irritation, or breath mints or gum Frequently breaks curfew Cash flow problems Reckless dri Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies or sports Drop in grades Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work Complaints from teachers or classmates Chewing gum or mints to cover up breath ports of intoxication at school or work ving, car Health Issues sorsonal Appearance Avoiding eye c Clenching teeth Locked bedroom doors Going out every night Secretive phone calls, texting, instant messages or emails "Munchies" or sudden, voracious appetite Sudden or increased use of air fresheners, scented candles, or incense Messy, careless appearance Poor hygiene Sweatiness

Teen Drug Abuse

shared by Angelina on May 01
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Statistics on teenage drug abuse. How to recognize an addiction? It's the information all parents should know.


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