Drug and Alcohol Information
Alcoholism, is a disease that is also known as "alcohol dependence."
Club Drugs, consisting of Ecstasy, GHB, and Rohypnol, can be found at all-night "raves."
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain.
Ecstasy is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with hallucinogenic & stimulant properties.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate analgesic similar to, but more potent than, morphine.
Hallucinogens cause profound distortions in a person's perceptions of reality.
Heroin is processed from morphine and appears as a white or brown powder.
Inhalants consist of paint, white out, lighter fluid, air fresheners, hair spray and markers.
LSD is a colorless, odorless drug sold in tablets, capsules, and liquid forms.
Marijuana is a mixture of dried, shredded leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.
Methamphetamines can be found in a powder, crystal, or table-like form.
Rohypnol has been a concern for the last few years due to its abuse as a "date rape" drug.
Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
If you notice unexplained changes in physical appearance or behavior, it may be a sign of substance use – or it could be a sign of another problem. You will not know definitively until a health professional does a comprehensive screening.
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Bloodshot eyes
- Slurred or agitated speech
- Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
- Skin abrasions/bruises
- Neglected appearance/poor hygiene
- Sick more frequently
- Accidents or injuries
- Hiding use; lying and covering up
- Sense that the person will "do anything" to use again regardless of consequences
- Loss of control or choice of use (drug-seeking behavior)
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Emotional instability
- Hyperactive or hyper-aggressive
- Missing school or work
- Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work
- Complaints from teachers or co-workers
- Reports of intoxication at school or work
- Furtive or secretive behavior
- Avoiding eye contact
- Locked doors
- Going out every night
- Change in friends or peer group
- Change in clothing or appearance
- Unusual smells on clothing or breath
- Heavy use of over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening, nasal irritation, or bad breath
- Hidden stashes of alcohol
- Alcohol missing from your supply
- Prescription medicine missing
- Money missing
- Valuables missing
- Disappearances for long periods of time
- Running away
- Secretive phone calls