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17 signs to help identify drug consumption

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Curious fact: According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, about 3 million Americans older than 12 have tried heroin at least once

Drug use is a problem that has seen a recent increase in incidence throughout the last few years, due to the access to drugs that young people have. Drug consumption is a habit with terrible repercussions, such as becoming addicted or suffering from an overdose, which can be fatal as the worst-case scenario.

Statistics on overdose due to drug use

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) registered 100,306 deaths due to overdose in a 12-month period ending in April 2021, which represents a 28.5% increase on reported overdose deaths from the prior period. Also, an increase in overdose deaths due to opioids from 56,064 to 75,673 was registered in the same period. Deaths related to fentanyl and cocaine consumption sky-rocketed, not only endangering consumers, but their families.

Why do teenagers start using drugs?

In recent years, access to drugs has become easier for teenagers. At this stage of life, people tend to have a great sense of exploration and curiosity to try new experiences. Sadly, this sense of exploration and curiosity can often lead them to use drugs. There are several reasons why teenagers often begin using drugs, sometimes it’s a matter of belonging to a social group, since social status is a big thing for teens. They also tend to use drugs to get rid of social inhibitors they have, so that they can have better interactions with others. Sudden changes in teens’ lives, such as arriving in a new city or a divorce, can also promote drug consumption as a coping mechanism. Finally, drug use is very common among teens that suffer from anxiety and depression caused by problems in their daily life.

How to prevent drug consumption?

It is important to maintain constant communication with your family, even though it’s not easy to have this type of conversations, this is one of the easiest ways to avoid losing your kids to drug addictions. Here are some tips to have conversations on drug use with your family:

  • Don’t turn the subject into a “big conversation”, as this can make your kids think you are scolding them.
  • Don’t preach. Instead have a conversation were both sides participate by asking questions about the subject and how it makes your kid feel
  • Tell your kids how you feel about drug use
  • Get involved in their lives by asking about the situations they are living and how they feel

There are also certain actions you can take to avoid an overdose in your family:

  • Stay involved in your family members’ lives and build healthy relationships with them
  • Be a good role model by showing good habits that are easy to follow
  • Get to know your kid’s friends and social circles
  • Establish clear rules on drug use
  • Be aware of your kid´s activities
  • Promote family time

Also, you can look out for signs of drug consumption in your kid’s behavior and physical state that are easily detected, such as:

  • Slow or bad pronunciation
  • Speaks very fast
  • Red eyes
  • Constant coughing
  • Unusual odor or breath, caused by inhaled drugs
  • Dilated pupils
  • Fast eye movement
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increase in appetite, usually caused by marijuana
  • Lack of stability while walking
  • Poor performance at school
  • Lack of participation in daily activities
  • Constantly changing social groups
  • Having secret activities
  • Constantly lying
  • Hypereactivity
  • Laziness and apathy

When should I get help?

If you notice several of these signs on your relatives, it might be time to contact your family doctor, who will be able to treat a potential drug use problem or may refer you to a drug expert or a treatment center. It is important not to hesitate on contacting an expert, the faster you act the easier it is to prevent unfortunate events.

Real story

Gina suffered from a drug addiction since she was 13 up until the age of 33. She gained consciousness of the severity of being a drug addict in 2005, when she suffered a terrible accident while high on drugs. She had a 20 feet fall and broke both her back and wrist. Her family had to prepare her funeral and even Gina thought she was going to die. Fortunately, Gina survived the accident and decided to reach for help to overcome her drug addiction. Gina already had gone to rehab 11 times, however, this time she decided to take rehab seriously in a moment of clarity. After rehab, Gina decided to finish her college degree.

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Drug use on teenagers is a serious and common problem that can lead to other problems that affect the well-being and health of the consumer and their relatives. It is important to keep an eye on your loved ones and be alert for the signs exposed in this blog, so you can act as soon as possible. Likewise, it is important to build a relationship of trust and reciprocity with your family, which will help to have greater control over this type of situation.

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