Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Use


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


Physical Signs


Behavioral Signs



Drug Specific Symptoms





Depressants (barbiturates, benzodiazepines)


Stimulants (crack cocaine, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamine)


Inhalants (glue, vapor producing solvents, propellants )


Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, Mescaline, Mushrooms, Peyote)


Opiates and Opioids (heroin, codeine, morphine, Vicodin)


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