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Jesus is the only answer for Troubled Teens...

"Your teen does have a destiny in Christ, "...For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future, and a hope..." -Jeremiah 29:11

Teen Drug Prevention

It is important to keep in mind that if a child shows any of the following symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using drugs. The presence of some of these behaviors could be the product of adolescent stress. Others may be symptoms of depression or a host of other problems. Whatever the cause, they may warrant attention, especially if they persist or if they occur in a cluster. A mental health professional or a caring and concerned adult may help a youngster successfully overcome a crisis and develop more effective coping skills, often preventing further problems.

The key is change; it is important to watch for any significant changes in your child's physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior.

Physical Signs
Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.
Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.
Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness.
Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare.
Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.
Puffy face, blushing or paleness.
Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.
Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.
Runny nose; hacking cough.
Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.
Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating.
Tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head.
Irregular heartbeat.

Behavioral Signs
Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause.
Changes in friends; new hang-outs; sudden avoidance of old crowd; doesn't want to talk about new friends; friends are known drug users.
Change in activities or hobbies.
Drop in grades at school or performance at work; skips school or is late for school.
Change in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.
Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.
General lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, "I don't care" attitude.
Sudden over sensitivity, temper tantrums, or resentful behavior.
Moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.
Silliness or giddiness.
Paranoia
Excessive need for privacy; unreachable.
Secretive or suspicious behavior.
Car accidents.
Chronic dishonesty.
Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items.
Change in personal grooming habits.

Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drug Specific Symptoms:

Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes; loud talking and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; a sweet burnt scent; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or loss.

Alcohol: Clumsiness; difficulty walking; slurred speech; sleepiness; poor judgment; dilated pupils; possession of a false ID card.

Depressants: (including barbiturates and tranquilizers) Seems drunk as if from alcohol but without the associated odor of alcohol; difficulty concentrating; clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness; and contracted pupils.

Stimulants: Hyperactivity; euphoria; irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping; dilated pupils; weight loss; dry mouth and nose.

Inhalants: (Glues, aerosols, and vapors ) Watery eyes; impaired vision, memory and thought; secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability; an unusual number of spray cans in the trash.

Hallucinogens: Dilated pupils; bizarre and irrational behavior including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations; mood swings; detachment from people; absorption with self or other objects, slurred speech; confusion.

Heroin: Needle marks; sleeping at unusual times; sweating; vomiting; coughing and sniffling; twitching; loss of appetite; contracted pupils; no response of pupils to light.

Tobacco/Nicotine: Smell of tobacco; stained fingers or teeth.

Types of Drugs commonly used by teens:
Cocaine
(coke, rock, crack, base)
Physical Symptoms: Brief intense euphoria, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, restlessness, excitement, feeling of well-being followed by depression.
Look For: Glass vials, glass pipe, white crystalline powder, razor blades, syringes, needle marks.
Dangers: Addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia (see stimulants).
Marijuana
(pot, dope, grass, weed, herb, hash, joint)
Physical Symptoms: Altered perceptions, red eyes, dry mouth, reduced concentration and coordination, euphoria, laughing, hunger.
Look For: Rolling papers, pipes, dried plant material, odor of burnt hemp rope, roach clips.
Dangers: Panic reaction, impaired short term memory, addiction.
Hallucinogens
(acid, LSD, PCP, MDMA, Ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote)
Physical Symptoms: Altered mood and perceptions, focus on detail, anxiety, panic, nausea, synaesthesia (ex: smell colors, see sounds)
Look For: Capsules, tablets, "microdots", blotter squares
Dangers: Unpredictable behavior, emotional instability, violent behavior (with PCP)
Inhalants
(gas, aerosols, glue, nitrates, rush, white out)
Physical Symptoms: Nausea, dizziness, headaches, lack of coordination and control.
Look For: Odor of substance on clothing and breath, intoxication, drowsiness, poor muscular control.
Dangers: Unconsciousness, suffocation, nausea and vomiting, damage to brand and central nervous system, sudden death.
Narcotics
Heroin (junk, dope, black tar, China white)
Demerol, Deluded (D's), Morphine, Codeine
Physical Symptoms: Euphoria, drowsiness, insensitivity to pain, nausea, vomiting, watery eyes, runny nose (see depressants).
Look For: Needle marks on arms, needles, syringes, spoons, pinpoint pupils, cold moist skin.
Dangers: Addiction, lethargy, weight loss, contamination from un sterile needles (hepatitis, AIDS), accidental overdose.
Stimulants
(speed, uppers, crank, bam, black beauties, crystal dexies, caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines)
Physical Symptoms: Alertness, talkativeness, wakefulness, increased blood pressure, loss of appetite, mood elevation.
Look For: Pills and capsules, loss of sleep and appetite, irritability or anxiety, weight loss, hyperactivity.
Dangers: Fatigue leading to exhaustion, addiction, paranoia, depression, confusion, possible hallucinations.
Depressants
(barbiturates, sedatives, tranquilizers, downers, tranks, ludes, reds, VAlium, yellow jackets, alcohol)
Physical Symptoms: Depressed breathing and heartbeat, intoxication, drowsiness, uncoordinated movements.
Look For: Capsules and pills, confused behavior, longer periods of sleep, slurred speech.
Dangers: Possible overdose, especially in combination with alcohol, muscle rigidity, addiction, withdrawal and overdose require medical treatment.

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