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.

Physical Signs

  • 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

Behavioral Signs

  • 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
  • Depression
  • 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