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Detecting a drug user is not an easy task. The signs and symptoms of drugabuse, especially in the beginning stages can be identical to those produced byconditions having nothing whatsoever to do with drugs.It is always necessary to exercise certain prudence before drawing conclusions.Some judgments may only hurt the individual; if he is innocent one may lose his loveand trust. Only after observing calmly and patiently his behavior, appearance andassociations, may one pass judgment and act.It should also be remembered that a person might have a legitimate reason forpossessing a tablet, syringe and needle (may be a diabetic) having capsules (they maybe prescribed by a doctor). Having the sniffled eyes may due to head cold or an allergy.Unusual or all behavior may not be connected in any way with drug abuse.To detect a drug abuser one should observe the following:1.1.Neglect of personal appearance2.Diminished drive, lack of ambition3.Reduced attention span4.Poor quality of school work5.Impaired communication skills6.Less care for the feeling of others, lessening of accustomed family warmth7.Pale face, red eyes, dilation or constricted pupils, wearing sunglasses at wrongplaces8.Change from active to passive and withdrawn behavior9.Secretive about money, disappearance of money and other valuables at home10.Friends refusing to identify themselves or hang up when you answer the phone11.Overreaction to mild conditions
12.Smell of marijuana, sweetish odor, like burned rope in the clothes or room13.Symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, muscular pains, insomnia andconvulsions14.Presence of drug paraphernalia15.Laboratory Examination16.Admission from the addict17.Wearing long-sleeved shirt or blouses18.Blood spots around elbow areas19.Walk, talk and act as if under alcoholic influence20.Prolonged period of sleep or lethargy, abnormal sleep pattern, nervous, jumpy,talkative21.Loss body weight22.Develop a defiant or contemptuous attitudes towards authorityBased on the lecture of U.S. expert doctor of medicine, forensic chemist at theLondon International Police Academy usually detects drug abusers without too muchtrouble by means of the following;1.1.Presence of hypodermic needle or tracks on arms and on various parts of thebody. The armed are kept covered.2.Pinpoint pupils, watery eyes – when addict, is apparently normal they arecontracted when in need of drugs; they are dilated when using synthetics or cocaine.3.Urinalysis4.Pallor – (prison pallor – ashen) sallow complexion5.Gait – they walk with a stoop6.Withdrawal Symptoms – they show abstinence syndrome from either slight –moderate – severe.Profile or Demographic Character of Drug Addicts in the Country:1.Age - mostly adolescents ranging 17 to 21 years of age with a mean age 18years old.

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