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Signs of Substance Abuse in Children (Courtesy of Helpguide.org) * Cycles of increased energy, restlessness, and inability to sleep (often seen in stimulants) * Abnormally slow movements, speech or reaction time, confusion and disorientation (often seen in opiates, benzodiazepines and barbiturates) * Sudden weight loss or weight gain * Cycles of excessive sleep * Unexpected changes in clothing, such as constantly wearing long sleeved shirts, to hide scarring at injection sites * Suspected drug paraphernalia such as unexplained pipes, roach clips or syringes * For snorted drugs, chronic troubles with sinusitis or nosebleeds * For smoked drugs, a persistent cough or bronchitis, leading to coughing up excessive mucus or blood. * Progressively severe dental problems (especially with methamphetamine) Additional Signs of Substance Abuse in Children (Courtesy of National Youth Network) * Sudden personality changes that include abrupt changes in work or school attendance, quality of work, work output, grades, discipline * Unusual flare-ups or outbreaks of temper * Withdrawal from responsibility * General changes in overall attitude * Loss of interest in what were once favorite hobbies and pursuits * Changes in friends and reluctance to have friends visit or talk about them * Difficulty in concentration, paying attention * Sudden jitteriness, nervousness, or aggression
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