Some Recognizable Signs of Drug Use and opioid Abuse:

Changes in Behavior

  • Skips classes, misses work

  • Spending a lot of cash, asking for cash, missing cash

  • Changes in friends and relationships

  • Friends report they are worried about the individual

  • Unusually quiet, withdrawn, more irritable, cranky

  • Argumentative, moody

  • Withdrawn from family

  • Missing items or cash from house

  • Secretive behavior, lying, stealing


Physical Signs

  • Pupils smaller or larger than normal

  • Frequent sneezing

  • Weight loss

  • No appetite

  • Sleeping all the time

  • Lack of  personal hygiene

  • Unexplained disappearances

  • Sweaty or shaky hands

  • Runny nose, persistent cough, nausea, vomiting


                                         Who can you go to for advice?

  • A Parent, family, a friend, or someone you know that may be going through or have gone through the same experience.

  • School counselor, teacher

  •  Dr, social worker


You may decide to talk to the individual directly regarding your concerns


  • Make sure you are fully prepared before you have the talk. have in mind, or even write down what you are going to say.  This will help you to stay on track and cover what you intend to say.

  • Ask individual how they feel. Remember this is about them.

  • Make sure not to add shame or guilt, they already feel it inside.  Even if they don’t show signs of shame they feel it.

  • Don’t initiate your conversation when the person has used.

  • Don’t have the talk when you or the other person is angry.  This only provokes more anger with negative results.

  • Talk about what you have seen—how they’ve been acting.

  • Have some examples of why you are concerned, and make sure they know that you love them and are concerned for them.

  • Remember this is about the person’s well-being.

  • Stay calm.

  • This could be the first step in the right direction if they are willing to admit that they have a problem.

  • Have some options for help on hand in case they are ready at that moment to get help.

containing controlled substances?



Permanent collection sites;

To dispose of unneeded medicines, you can take your medicine to DEA-registered collectors.  Simply google DEA registered collectors and enter your zip code. Walgreens, CVS and Walmart offer drop sites as well. These sites safely and securely collect and dispose of pharmaceuticals containing controlled substances and other medicines.

In your community, authorized permanent collection sites may be available in retail pharmacies, hospitals, and law enforcement facilities. Some authorized collection sites may also have collection receptacles, referred to as “drop-boxes.” These boxes assist consumers in safely disposing of their unused medicines.

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