What Parents Should Look For

Most highly abused prescription medications and common slang terms you will see in text messages:

*Note: These images represent only a fraction of the prescription medications available for abuse!


The following early warning signs, should not be overlooked:

Withdrawal  - Your child has withdrawn from family and/or has a LOSS of interest in things that were once important.
Drop in academic/work performance - Check with teachers and/or employers about your child's performance.
Loss of motivation/always tired - Do activities warrant your child's behavior?  Does your child have an underlying medical condition?
Frequently finds ways to get away - Keep track of where your child is going, where he/she is going and where he/she says he/she will be.  Verify activities, check text messages, e-mails, and social networking accounts.
Money issues - Users will become very manipulative and use every excuse to get money.
Items missing from house - Users will do anything to support their addiction, including stealing from family and or others.
Stories that don’t make sense – Addicts lie about everything.  Their stories become confusing and, often times, don’t make sense or directly contradict something they recently said.
Storage areas - Regularly check bedrooms, bathrooms, cars, and backpacks.
Paraphernalia – Look for foil, hollowed-out pens, hose clamps, etc.  Check the odometer in your child's car.  Kids are going to and from Mexico;  in some cases, several times a day.

Physical Symptoms of Use/Signs of Withdrawals:

  - Extreme loss of appetite and weight
- Depression
- Watery/sunken eyes
- Perpetually tired
- Poor complexion or sickly appearance
- Constipation
- Drowsiness/falling asleep at odd times
- Frequently sick, joint/muscle pain
- Tremors, twitching, and excessive scratching
- May appear intoxicated with no signs of alcohol use