Catch Your Kid was designed to give parents a comprehensive list of what to look for and how to be aware of if your child is abusing drugs or alcohol. Early intervention is crucial when trying to get your kids back on the right track.

Bodily Appearance

Cosmetic

No Longer Wears Make-up
Usually when your child is getting high they loose interest in looking presentable.

Lack of concern over their physical appearance can be an indication of a variety of different difficulties or drugs of abuse. If your child appears depressed and lethargic, the use of alcohol, marijuana, or other depressive drugs may be to blame. An extreme lack of motivation can be a primary side effect of chronic marijuana use, effecting many areas of your kid's life. If your kid is intoxicated on alcohol they can very often lose interest in their physical appearance as well, and develop a rebellious or uncaring attitude towards their hygiene. Different substances affect individuals differently, and an important constant to keep an eye on is changes in your kid's attitude and appearance as opposed to their typical behavior. Lack of concern regarding appearance can often be a warning flag that should be paid close attention to.

Skin

Callous Index Finger
Usually from packing down hot marijuana in a pipe to make for a better hit, - or from mixing down/disolving heroin into liquid form in a hot spoon (usually will have a stained fingertip as well).

Burn marks along the fingers are tell-tale signs of habitual drug use, be it from the ashes of a marijuana pipe, the underside of a heroin cooker, or the sooty residue from cooking and consuming crack cocaine. Because the user is often aware of these discolorations they will go out of their way to cover them up, resulting in gray streaks along the fingers, or black markings under the nails. If you kid has symptoms of these markings, or develops a sudden need to wash his or her hands constantly then your child may be using one of the above substances.

Discoloration
Cellulitis
Alcoholics have a weakened immune system that can prove susceptible to cellulitis, an infection of the skin and the fatty tissue underneath.

Cellulitis is a deep infection of the skin, usually accompanied by generalized (systemic) symptoms such as fever and chills. The area of redness increases in size as the infection spreads. Physical signs and symptoms include chills or shaking, fatigue, generally ill feeling, muscle aches and pains, warm skin, sweating, and even nausea and vomiting. Cellulitis in a younger person can often be due to a weakened immune system, and can even more often be the result of drug or alcohol abuse, and the corresponding lack of interest in their physical well being. If you believe your child has this condition you should take them to a doctor immediately, so that the infection does not worsen and that they can be given the appropriate medical treatment. It may also be time to have a discussion about their drinking and drug use, and what may have precipitated their infection.

Aging
Usually a symptom of either methamphetamine abuse or severe alcoholism.

In combination with cellulitis and other conditions of the skin (such as dryness) that afflict both alcoholics and stimulant abusers, the skin can begin to look much older than the user's actual age. Sleeplessness and other side-effects of use can also lead to aging symptoms, such as graying skin and large discolored circles around the eye sockets. If your child looks consistently tired, or appears to have aged years in only months the chances re good that they have been abusing stimulants or heavily drinking. Occasionally opiate use can lead to a similar set of effects, including an unnaturally pale appearance and unusual sleeping routines, often staying up late into the night and sleeping throughout the day. When you take a look at you child's appearance try to contrast with a relatively recent photo, since the slow transition to use may make their current appearance seem less out of the ordinary. The most important factor to notice is whether or not your child appears to look and act in a way that's normal for them.

Scars
Circular scars
Usually from a healed abscess that is caused by heroin abuse. When a heroin user misses a vein or injects into a muscle an abscess forms, which can pop and leave a user with a big hole in their skin.

When an intravenous drug user misses a vein, or injects into a muscle the site and scars can appear as bruises and discoloration. As a result the IV drug user will try to mask the sites of their injection with 'cover-up' or other flesh toned make-up designed to return their skin to a normal shade. If your kid's skin looks mottled and painted over the chances are that he/she is trying to cover up the track marks and signs of addiction experienced by most heroin users, Using camouflage to conceal bruising or injection site swelling is often only part of the attempt to conceal. Your child may also demonstrate a new 'clumsiness,' with lesions and bruises over part of their body they injured while high. They may also pass off the abscess as the result of another injury - getting a scrape that's been infected or other minor wound. If your child displays any suspicious bruises, cover-up, or outright holes in their skin then they may be using intravenous drugs.

Lighter Scars
Common among young teens and adults that when stoned or drunk they think its funny to heat the metal part of their lighter up and burn themselves or their friends.

Another fairly typical symptom of drug use concerns the tendency to burn or otherwise mutilate the flesh when high on painkilling drugs or drunk to the point of anesthesia on alcohol. Occasionally at parties there will be a group of kids marking themselves in order to create similar scars, so that they have a common marking and 'war story' to tell one another. Look for cigarette burns, callused fingers, or "smiley faces" (formed by heating up a lighter and pressing the metal to the flesh), cuts, and other scars - these are all clear warning signs that your kid is in with a group that likes to get high and/or drunk enough to think that permanent scarring is a cool way to remember the party.

Cigarette Burns
Common among young teens and adults that when stoned or drunk they think its funny to burn themselves or their friends with the tips of their cigarette.

Cigarette burns are often a sign that your child may be abusing drugs and alcohol. Cigarette burns can either be intentional or unintentional. Intentional burns result from kids thinking it is funny that they are not able to feel pain as much under the influence of drugs and alcohol and use it as a form of entertainment to burn each other. Unintentional cigarette burns can result from someone who is high or drunk falling asleep or "nodding out" with a cigarette in their mouth or hand and it will fall and burn them.

Cuts on Arms/Legs (Mutilation)
Usually stems from deep depression, often directly related to drug or alcohol abuse.

Self mutilation, or 'cutting,' can be a sign that your kid feels alone, ostracized, and incapable of dealing with the pain through any other means than inflicting injury on themselves. Look for signs of scarring, usually along the wrists or arms, to determine whether or not he or she is using this as a means of coping with life's difficulties. Oftentimes kids with a tendency to self-mutilate are also at a much higher risk to develop chemical dependencies. If your child seems to have become very 'accident prone' and developed a pattern of harming him or herself then they are unquestionably at a higher risk of abusing substances.

Hygiene

Stop Shaving Legs (Girls)
Most common among marijuana users or heavy drinkers due to their lost motivation to maintain proper hygeine.

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is very common for them to lose motivation and give up maintaining their hygiene. This can result from certain drugs such as marijuana, opiates, benzodiazapenes and alcohol, since these drugs all have similar effects by making the user lethargic. Also, often someone who is highly addicted to drugs have one goal, and that one motivation is to get more drugs, thus losing the motivation to practice self care. Girls may stop shaving their legs, men may stop shaving their face, girls may not take off their makeup, and both men and women may shower less and wear dirty clothes.

Doesn't Shower
Can be due to many different substance. Lack of motivation amongst marijuana and alcohol users, or binges by stimulant drug users can result in a lack of proper showering.

Lack of motivation to shower or maintain their physical appearance can be a red flag. When your child goes from a well groomed young man or woman to grunge rock poster child there may be some substance use at play. Alcohol reliance often fosters a lack of concern about hygiene, as well as benzodiazapene use. If you kid appears to have lost concerns about their normal daily appearance, shaving and showering may go by the wayside as they escalate their usage. Other normal acts, like making the bed and organizing their living area, if attended to before, can be potential warning signs of involvement with depressants.

Wears Same Make-up
Common theme among marijuana users and heavy drinkers. Instead of washing their face before bed they will just get up and touch what they already have on.

Another aspect of your kids hygiene that can be lost due to drugs and alcohol is that they may stop washing their face before bed. Specifically for girls, they may stop washing their face and just touch up their makeup, since they already have make up on from the day before. If you notice your child is wearing more make up than usual, or if their overall face does not look clean, it may be a sign that they are using drugs or alcohol.

Dress

Wears Dirty Clothes
Most common among marijuana addicts due to their lack of motivation to do their laundry or fold their clothes.

"Amotivational syndrome," is a term for chronic marijuana smoker's inability to rise to the daily facts of life. While not scientifically proven it is based on an observation of the heavy pot smoker's reluctance to perform daily tasks, work effectively, or apply themselves to social endeavors. If your child seems to be listless and removed from the daily efforts of life, including little things like washing and changing their clothes daily - this can be a symptom of habitual marijuana use. Such a symptom can be the first warning sign of dependence on, and addiction to, marijuana in the life of your child. Overall the wardrobe and cleanliness of your kid can be a telltale means of determining their drug use.

Hairstyle
Dreadlocks
Many marijuana smokers like to dread their hair in hopes to create a certain Rastafarian image.

The style of your kid may have changed recently, and this can be a normal part of adolescence. If, however, they've suddenly developed an interest in all things Jamaican then you may have a 'budding' marijuana addict on your hands. Typical warning signs include a collection of red, gold, and green (the old colors of the Jamaican flag) memorabilia, and a tendency to wear their hear knotted into dreadlocks. Beeswax or other grease inducing substances are often added to the hair to affect the 'dreadlock' look, and if your kid is wearing the hair style of Bob Marley then chances are quite high that they are also regularly smoking marijuana.

Clothes
Bracelets/Armbands
Common among cutters and self mutilators to cover up fresh cuts or old scars from cutting themselves with sharp objects.

Clothing styles can often be a major tip-off for parents who want to find out what substances their kid may be using. If the weather outside is sunny and seventy degrees, yet your child is wearing long sleeves every day chances are that they are trying to conceal markings made by either self-inflicted injury or IV drug use. Extreme sensitivity to heat or cold, or an apparent inability to tell the difference, can also be telltale signs of stimulant use. Users of cocaine and methamphetamine often go from hot to cold, and are constantly shedding or adding clothes to compensate for their wildly fluctuating internal thermometer. It's important to know that bracelets and other extravagant wrist accessories can be covering up the cuts and gashes made by 'cutters,' teens who self-mutilate in order to make themselves feel better. In any of these cases the wardrobe of your kid can be an important factor to pay attention to.

Only Wears Long Sleeve
Extremely common among heroin addicts to cover up all their track marks (areas of injection) and common among cutters to cover up their scars.

Most parents do not want to admit that their child is using intravenous drugs, and would prefer to turn their head than to face the truth. If your child is starting to look paler, thinner, and is not practicing good self care, then it may be time to take a closer look. Heroin addicts and other Intravenous drug users will often wear clothing that covers up areas of injection on their body, and the most common place to inject drugs is in the crease of one's arm. Another means to hide their addiction is to use make up or other forms of cosmetic cover up to mask the track marks. Track marks can range from veins looking thicker, a vein having a more distinct color, dry or peeling skin around the area, scars and red unhealed skin, and even open wounds and bruises. It is essential to pay close attention to your child's wardrobe, physical appearance and their behavior.

Accessories
Bandanas
Often times to represent a certain gang or click affiliation which in itself is a symptom of drug or alcohol abuse.

Does your child seem to only wear certain colors of garments these days? Can your kid only leave the house with his favorite bandana or do-rag? If so he or she may be involved with a gang or affiliated criminal group. Gangs wear colors and head garb to identify themselves and their territory, and to intimidate others that might move in on their ground. Often gangs have 'recruitment pools' that are made up of young men (and some women) who are a street level affiliate of the larger organization. If your kid seems bent on proving himself and keep getting in trouble with the law over minor charges then he/she may be in the process of gang initiation. Drug and alcohol consumption can also be a part of much gang activity, and violent crime also plays a role in maintaining territory and settling disputes. Keep on the look-out for these behaviors, as well as noticing your kid's clothing, this can be an important first hint into whether or not they're choosing to pursue the gang 'lifestyle.'

Sunglasses at Odd Times
Usually a sign that your son or daughter is trying to cover up bloodshot eyes caused from being drunk or high; or trying to cover up dilated pupils caused by stimulants. -see eye characteristics

Almost all drug and alcohol use have an effect on one's eyes. Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana can result in blood shot eyes, where as dilated pupils are a result of stimulants such as cocaine, meth, Adderal, and ecstasy. Drugs such as heroin, Oxycontin, Xanax and other opiate and benzodiazepine drugs will makes one's pupils very small, almost pin point. Drug addicts will often wear sunglasses at times when it is not sunny or indoors to hide their eyes. Also, many addicts will use Visine or other red reducing eye drops to mask their blood shot eyes. Lastly, some addicts may even go as far as to take other drugs to regulate the size of their pupils, which can be very dangerous as they are mixing different drugs.

Sores

Tracks
Marks around the injection site of intravenous drug users

If your kid is wearing long sleeves more often, or hiding the inside of their arms, it may be a sign they are using intravenous drugs. Injecting drugs in veins on their arms is the most common place for injections, however, other popular areas are hands, feet, and thighs. If you start to notice your kids' veins looking more red, containing scars, or even open wounds, then there is a high possibility your child is using intravenous drugs.

Picking Sores
Usually a symptom of meth abuse.

Heavy stimulant use, specifically meth addiction, causes a rise in body temperature and increased blood flow to the skin to counteract it. Also, the skin is the site where all the toxic wastes in meth escape, which creates a great discomfort for the drug user. This causes the user to "tweak out" and obsessively pick, scrape and dig at their skin usually with their finger nails. This action results in open, red sores mostly on the face and arms, but can be anywhere on the body. If your child's skin contains open wounds, or sores it may be a red flag that they are using crystal meth or other stimulant drugs.

Abscesses
Most common among intravenous drug users.

There are many risks that go along with intravenous drug use. The most common known risks are the possibility of contracting HIV or Hepatitis C from sharing needles or using dirty needles. Another possible consequence of intravenous drug use is the formation of an abscesses, which is an infection in the injection site. If your child is acting in any way to hide their arms, or other areas of their body from you, this may be a sign of them hiding track marks or an abscesses. If your child does have an abscesses, then they need to seek medical attention.

Injuries

Limping
Usually a sign that your son or daughter has an abscess or open wound caused by intravenous drug use.

The formation of an abscesses is caused by an infection in the injection site. If your child is acting in any way to hide their arms, or other areas of their body from you, this may be a sign of them hiding track marks or an abscesses. If your child does have an abscesses, then they need to seek medical attention.

Swollen Limbs
Usually a sign that your son or daughter has an abscess or open wound caused by intravenous drug use; or a sign of cellulitis caused by heavy drinking

The formation of an abscesses is caused by an infection in the injection site. If your child is acting in any way to hide their arms, or other areas of their body from you, this may be a sign of them hiding track marks or an abscesses. If your child does have an abscesses, then they need to seek medical attention.

Bruises
Usually a sign of a failed attempt at intravenous drug use.

Bruises on your child's body can indicate that they are using intravenous drugs. Bruising results from missing a vein, and injecting the drug into one's skin. Intravenous drug use has a high rate of overdoses and is a very serious issue. If you notice any signs that your child may be using intravenous drugs, act accordingly and help your child.

Black Eyes
Black eyes can be a sign that your child is getting into fights when out with their friends getting drunk and causing trouble.

Heavy drinking and drug use often leads to physical altercations. If your kid is showing up, bruised and bloody from a night out with his friends, the chances are that they are imbibing alcohol or other mind altering substances. Resolving conflicts with violence means their decision making skills are probably compromised, and should definitely be questioned. Ask your kid about the circumstances surrounding the fight, and if there was alcohol or other drugs involved, especially if altercations seem to be becoming a pattern of their nightly or weekend activities.

Fighting Injuries
A sign that your child is getting into fights when out with their friends getting drunk and causing trouble.

Heavy drinking and drug use often leads to physical altercations. If your kid is showing up, bruised and bloody from a night out with his friends, the chances are that they are imbibing alcohol or other mind altering substances. Resolving conflicts with violence means their decision making skills are probably compromised, and should definitely be questioned. Ask your kid about the circumstances surrounding the fight, and if there was alcohol or other drugs involved, especially if altercations seem to be becoming a pattern of their nightly or weekend activities.

Eye Characteristics

Dilated

Caused by drugs that are stimulants i.e. speed/meth, crack, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, other hallucinogens.

Extreme pupil dilation in conditions that don't seem appropriate, (like dilated pupils in the light) can be an indication of drug use, most often stimulants but also marijuana and other hallucinogens. Along with the dilation of the pupil there can be other symptoms, such as tearing up (which can appear as crying in the most extreme instances). The eyes or the lids themselves can also look red and irritated, and your kid may have a preoccupation with their eyes that includes constant looking in the mirror or other reflective surfaces.

Pinned Pupils

Caused by drugs that are depressants i.e. heroin, Xanax, Valium, pain pills, other opiates

Pupil constriction is most often the direct result of opiate intoxication, as the vascular constriction promoted by narcotics applies itself to the eyes as well. Another side effect will be a 'glassy eyed' look and the accumulation of bags under the eyes, as if your kid hasn't been sleeping often or well. In addition to pupil dilation there's also a look of pale skin common to opiate abusers, as if they haven't been out in the sun (often due to a lack of vitamin D). If your child exhibits one or all of these symptoms then it may be time to have a talk about opiate addiction and treatment.

Bloodshot

Most commonly caused by marijuana use and alcohol use

Marijuana users make their red eyes a point of pride, a fact that you as a parent should pay close attention to. If your kid is showing up to life's events with runny, tearing, or rouge colored eyes then he or she has most likely been smoking weed or drinking alcohol. Consumption of either of these intoxicants can lead to the above effects, and often lends the eyes a glassy appearance - as if there's a sheen of water covering the eye at all times. In order to cover up these tell-tale signs many kids use Visine or similar drops, and keep them around at all times. The presence of red, glassy eyes or unnaturally whitened orbs - either one can be an indication that your child may be getting drunk or high.

Does Not Make Eye Contact

Not making eye contact indicates they are under the influence and trying to avoid a level of connection between child and parent.

Lack of eye contact in a discussion can be a physical cue that your kid's lying to you, or trying to avoid a confrontation. If your kid's doing drugs, chances are they'd rather be off indulging in their substance of choice than talking to you. As a result they will avoid eye contact, even in an argument, in the hopes that they can finish the discussion sooner. If your kid displays these signs and is always in a hurry to leave your presence there may be a greater underlying problem.

Swollen/Bags Under Eyes

Sign of bad sleep patterns due to drug abuse and also can be an indicator of long term drug or alcohol abuse.

Drugs and alcohol abuse will have immense implications on ones sleeping pattens. Stimulant drugs such as cocaine, meth, adderal, and ecstasy will affect your child by keeping them up and not sleeping much. Drugs such as xanax, oxycotin, heroin, weed and alcohol will make the user much more tired, and even make them fall asleep or "nod out" at odd times of the day, however the sleep caused by these drugs are not natural forms of sleeping and does not give the user sufficient amounts of sleep. If you find your child awake and not sleeping often, or being excessively tired then it may be a result of drug use. The most obvious sign your child may be abusing drugs is if they are unable to keep their eyes open and start to fall asleep at periods of the day where they should normally be awake.

Twitching

When a persons eyes are twitching it usually is a sign of extreme intoxication.

Extreme stimulant intoxication, especially on the drug Ecstasy, can lead to an inability to focus as the eyes gyrate wildly around in the skull. If your kid looks 'through you,' or with eyeballs that are literally shaking in their sockets then you can be completely sure that they are highly wired on a stimulant of some type of another. Wait for them to come down and then, as soon as possible, have a discussion with them about their drug use and the physical effects you've just witnessed.

Nose Characteristics

Redness Color

Usually occurs within cocaine users. when a cocaine user goes on a binge they use the drug so frequently(usually about every 10-20 min) that redness starts to show around the nose from frequent wiping due to a runny nose - also occurs within meth users that snort the drug.

If your child seems to have a perpetual sniffle he or she may have what's known informally as the yuppie flu - a set of symptoms that seems like a common cold but actually reflects the irritation of the nasal passages from repeated exposure to cocaine. The accumulation of tissues, missed days of work and school, and the inability to breathe normally through the nose all reflect the use of cocaine. If your kid's nose seems constantly red or runny, and they are using the bathroom with alarming frequency then they may be abusing coke or meth, both of these drugs have similar symptoms and are seen in the user's face when they are on a binge.

Blood in nose

Most common among cocaine users. Frequent cocaine use damages the nasal passages to the point where the user experiences bloody noses.

Excessive use of cocaine and methamphetamine also tear the nasal lining and produce bloody noses, sometimes even the day after use. If your kid is expelling blood through the nose on a regular basis, or spitting up blood-tinged phlegm, then he/she is most likely snorting cocaine or meth. Even days after the usage of cocaine the nose can be susceptible to nose-bleeds, and if your kid gets a bloody nose with little to no provocation then it could be a symptom of their use.

Runny

Most common among cocaine users but also can occur in meth users that snort the drug.

Snorting cocaine and meth have severe affects on one's health. For instance, if your child is snorting meth or cocaine their nose cartilage can deteriorate, and cause bloody noses. Snorting Crystal Meth may also cause tooth decay, since the nasal passages are directly connected to the mouth region. Also, Crystal Meth has also been shown to decrease the production of saliva, which causes more tooth decay. Thus, if your child is experiencing bloody noses, or their teeth do not look healthy, then there is a high possibility that they may be snorting cocaine or Crystal Meth.

Teeth Characteristics

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is most common among meth users and crack smokers. It's usually a result of years and years of grinding teeth while high and also from the chemicals of the drug that rot the teeth and gums.

Methamphetamine and crack cocaine usage don't promote the best oral hygiene, and meth especially drys the mouth of saliva that it needs to stay well lubricated. If your kid's teeth look unusually browned, shaky, or are even missing then these are severe warning signs. If your child displays increasingly bad breath and a lack of desire to brush his or her teeth, these too can be portents of methamphetamine smoking. Extreme or prolonged exposure to methamphetamine (and crack to a lesser extent) results in dissolution of the jaw, and restructuring of the entire face, so that addicts often look gaunt and broken about the face and mouth.

Decaying teeth

Most crack and meth smokers have bad hygiene and don't take care of their teeth so the chemicals from the drug stick to the teeth and gums and begin to rot their teeth and their mouth.

If your child's teeth are starting to look yellow, and it looks as if your child's overall hygiene is lacking, then it may be a red flag that your child is using drugs, specifically crack or meth. When one smokes meth or crack, the chemicals from the drugs rot their teeth. Also, when one is high on drugs, usually they do not hold cleaning their teeth to be a high priority. Teeth loss and decay is common in Crack and Meth users.

Hair Characteristics

Thinning

Usually occurs after years of heavy meth use, but can occur in the stages of early use. meth effects people differently and some users body's react worse than others and thinning hair can start to develop early on.

Does your kid's hairline seem to be receding prematurely, even while they race around as though they have all the energy in the world? Immaturely receding hairlines or thinning hair can be a side-effect of methamphetamine usage, as well as a sign of abuse for other major stimulants and a warning sign to pay attention to as you try to assess their involvement with drugs. It can also mean your child is unusually stressed out, either from the effects of stimulants.

Patchy

A lot of meth users will develop obsessive compulsive behavior when high on meth and one of the things they do is pick at their scalp and pull on their hair to the point that there is literally patches of missing hair on their head.

Hair loss is a great consequence that Meth users face. This can happen for various reasons. First, due to the lack of nutrients in an addict's body combined with the dangerous chemicals they ingest, hair breakage frequently occurs as well. Often when people are on meth, they start to develop obsessive compulsive behaviors. One of the behaviors tends to be pulling their hair out. If you recognize that your child is missing patches of their hair or that their overall hair is thinner, then it may be a sign that they are addicted to Meth.

Sleep Patterns

Insomnia

Often times when a person has a habitual drug problem, especially depressants, they have a hard time sleeping when they aren't under the influence of that drug.

Withdrawal from depressants can cause insomnia among users. Depressants that induce sleep include: Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium), Marijuana, Alcohol, and Opiods (Heroin, Oxycodone, Hrydrocondone, and other pain medication). When a user stops taking depressant narcotics, they usually suffer insomnia. These types of drugs can become imperative for allowing the user to sleep. Dependence on narcotics for sleep indicates a drug addiction problem. With continued use, tolerance level for these narcotics will go up, causing the user to require more drugs to get to sleep. Combining or ingesting too many depressant type narcotics can cause drug over dose and can be fatal.

Hypersomnia

Sleeping all day can be a symptom of meth abuse because meth users are up all night. Using marijuana and other depressants also will cause it's abuser to have irregular sleep patterns.

Hypersomnia is a symptom of stimulant narcotic use specifically meth or cocaine. Cocaine users may stay up for up to 2 or 3 days in a row while meth users may not sleep for a week or more on end. Meth is a powerful stimulant drug that causes extreme amounts of energy and hyperactivity among users. Sleep deprivation can also cause hallucinations and psychosis. Meth and cocaine users usually crash for hours after withdrawing. Excessive sleeping usually occurs during a stimulant withdrawal and irregular sleep patterns may indicate a drug problem.

Odd Sleep Schedule

Usually a symptom of stimulant drug abuse. most speed addicts are up all night high so they sleep all day.

Cocaine users may stay up for up to 2 or 3 days in a row while meth users may not sleep for a week or more on end. Meth is a powerful stimulant drug that causes extreme amounts of energy and hyperactivity among users. Sleep deprivation can also cause hallucinations and psychosis. Meth and cocaine users usually crash for hours after withdrawing. Excessive sleeping usually occurs during a stimulant withdrawal and irregular sleep patterns may indicate a drug problem.

Relationships

Family

Teens or young adults that are using drugs often times isolate themselves in their room minimizing contact with family members especially their parents.

Guilt brought on by drugs can cause users to retire to their room for extended periods of time. Sometimes kids want to hide out from their peers and family because they are feeling shame brought on by their use. Other reasons kids want to isolate could be a result of depression brought on by drug or alcohol use and withdrawal. Some kids just want to be left alone to get high and will disengage from the people in their lives and personal relationships loose priority. Kids feel they have to lie to their parents because they are afraid of getting in trouble so kids may display these signs of isolation.

Friends

Sudden Change In
When a teen or young adult starts to abuse drugs or alcohol their circle of friends almost always change, usually with people that make their parents a little uneasy.

Some kids frequently bounce between groups of friends because they are avoiding personal relationships or because they are having problems cultivating drama free relationships. Sometimes kids will change friends as a means to get away with their drug and alcohol consumption. Kids may no want to get found out or judged by their friends based on the amount of drugs or alcohol they are taking. Sometimes forming friendships is not a priority to the kid because they are more interested in getting drunk or high. Kids abusing drugs and alcohol like to surround themselves with who ever can be a supplier, regardless of who they are.

Disrupted Contact With Childhood Friends
Friends that your kid has had for years or even their whole life often times take a back seat to the new friends your child has made, usually friends your kid is getting high with.

Many times when kids start getting high the circle of friends changes. Many times there old friends that they have known for years do not like the changes they see in your son/daughter since they began using drugs or alcohol. Sometimes kids will choose to distance themselves from their old friends as a means of trying to cover up their drug or alcohol use for fear that the truth will come out. Typically when kids completely start hanging out with a new group of friends, these new friends probably share common interests, such as drinking alcohol and partying.

Romantic

Romantic relationships almost always suffer when a teen or young adult is getting drunk or high. they become very self-involved putting the needs and feelings of their significant other behind their drug use.

If you notice your child is beginning to start to neglect their longtime boyfriend or girlfriend or begins to treat them badly this is a sign that they may have found something that they feel is more important to them. Many times this could be drugs or alcohol. When kids begin to experiment with mind altering substances the things they used to hold dear to their heart no longer seem to matter, they are completely preoccupied with their new exploration with drugs or alcohol.

Attitude

Cranky

Often times when a young adult or teen is getting loaded they seem to always be in a bad mood. this is usually an agressive tactic to get their parents to leave them alone.

If your child seems to be extra moody or angry as of late this could be a warning sign of addiction. When someone has been using drugs or alcohol and begins to go through the withdrawal process they can become moody, irate, and just plain mean. You might ask them a simple question of how their day was and they might come back with a sarcastic degrading remark. Irritability and sudden mood swings are symptoms of drug withdrawal. Also many kids will act aloof or angry as a tactic to push their parents away from them and leave them alone.

Agitated

Usually a sign that a drug user might be withdrawing, either physically or emotionally, from a drug they are addicted to.

If your child seems to be extra moody or angry as of late this could be a warning sign of addiction. When someone has been using drugs or alcohol and begins to go through the withdrawal process they can become moody, irate, and just plain mean. You might ask them a simple question of how their day was and they might come back with a sarcastic degrading remark. Irritability and sudden mood swings are symptoms of drug withdrawal. Also many kids will act aloof or angry as a tactic to push their parents away from them and leave them alone.

Depressed

Usually when a teen develops a drug or alcohol habit they fall into deep depression. drugs and alcohol diminish the receptors in your brain to the point where you need chemical substances to feel happy.

What goes up must eventually come down. Many times when people are withdrawing from drugs or alcohol they fall into a deep depression. The drugs or alcohol at one point may have made them happy and high but that can only last for so long. Many kids will suffer from bouts of depression when they begin to come down from the high they felt from drugs or alcohol. They might lock themselves in their room and not want to talk to anyone for days. When detoxing many kids will sleep for unusually long periods or time. These are are typically warning signs of withdrawing from drugs or alcohol

Paranoid

The two most common types of drugs that make a user paranoid are stimulants and hallucinogens. Stimulants because people go days without sleeping, which will skew a user's perception on reality and hallucinogens because people will hear and see things that aren't really there.

Kids who abuse certain types of stimulants and hallucinogens may experience paranoia. Many times meth addicts will have auditory hallucinations; they will hear people having conversations about them in the other room when there is no one there. Other addicts will have visual hallucinations, meth addicts especially might see tiny bugs crawling all over their skin when in reality there is nothing there. Other addicts will become paranoid that there are cops or others waiting outside there home waiting to get them. They may spend hours on end looking out the blinds convinced there is someone outside. Hallucinogens will cause users to have visual hallucination, these can be both pleasurable or scary.

Afraid

Young teens or adults that abuse drugs will often show symptoms of fear. They are afraid that they will get caught by their parents, get in trouble at school, fear of going to jail, etc.

Many times addicts who abuse alochol or drugs will have underlying fear that wont seem to go away. They fear that they will lose everything or their lives will fall apart if someone finds out about their addiction. This can result in extreme cases of paranoia with them feeling that everyone is thinking about them and are out to destroy them.

Emotional

One of the most common negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse is emotional instability. often time kids and teens will develop a co-occurring disorder like depression, bi-polar, or other mental health issues.

Emotional instability is common in drug and alcohol abusers. Stimulant users will display overly energetic behaviors and exhibit extreme euphoria followed by an intense crash upon withdrawal. These crashes cause the user to sleep for hours or days or become depressed and withdrawn. Stimulant use can cause users to experience surges of rage or anger and hostility. Most stimulant users are very on edge and do not need much provocation to send them spinning out of control emotionally. This erratic behavior is common in cocaine and meth users. While under the influence of depressants, the user may be overly withdrawn in social situations or appear tired or unusually tranquil. People using depressants such as opioids or benzodiazepines will experience extreme irritability upon with withdrawal. Physical pain is also a symptom of withdrawal from these kinds of drugs and will also contribute to the emotional state of the user. Alcohol abusers also experience emotional instability as drug users do. While drunk, a person can experience a variety of emotional states from extreme happiness or closeness with others to hostility and aggressiveness to depression. Some alcoholics and drug users will completely withdraw from society and display signs of intense depression or anxiety.

Appetite

Increased

Most common among pot smokers. Marijuana is known for increasing a person's appetite which is one of the reason they give it to cancer patients.

Most pot smokers will typically get a serious case of "the munchies" shortly after ingesting marijuana. Marijuana can dramatically increase a users appetite. Pot smokers begin to crave food, most of the time it's just food. Late night trips to Taco Bell or eating an entire box of Cheeze-Its is common for marijuana users. If you notice your son or daughter has been eating rather unhealthy and has put on a great deal of weight there's a chance they are abusing marijuana.

Decreased

Most common in people that abuse stimulants like cocaine and speed but can also be a symptom of heroin addiction because they are always withdrawing from the drug which will make them feel sick all the time.

People who use stimulant drugs such as cocaine or meth will many times lose all sense of appetite. When on a drug binge meth users can go days without eating. Prolonged use of meth or cocaine can cause serious weight loss. Active meth or cocaine users find it nearly impossible to gain or keep weight on many times resulting in malnourishment. Meth and cocaine users can look gaunt in the face and if used for a long time may become dangerously and abnormally underweight. Many times those who suffer from eating disorders will take stimulants in order to suppress their appetite and lose weight. Addicts many times will have an altered sense of how they appear to others. Others may see someone who is underweight and unhealthy but in their eyes they look good and better than ever.

Academics

Decline in grades

Kids and teens that abuse drugs often see their grades suffer. This is because they are more interested in getting high plus they have a hard time focusing on studying when they are high.

Many times when students begin abusing drugs or alcohol their priorities begin to shift. What was once important to them no longer is important and all they care about is getting high. As a result of this many kids who are enrolled in school begin to let there school work slip by the wayside resulting in poor test scores, incomplete assignments and bad grades. In extreme cases some students may be suspended from school due to poor performance or if they are caught using drugs or alcohol on school premises. Early intervention in important in helping kids get back on the right track.

Quitting extra-curricular

Kids and teens that play sports usually will lose focus or quit entirely when they start to become very involved with drugs or alcohol.

Many times when students begin abusing drugs or alcohol their priorities begin to shift. What was once important to them no longer is important and all they care about is getting high. As a result many kids who were involved with sports or other extra curricular activities have no desire to participate in these things anymore. They time is no preoccupied with finding out how to obtain drugs or alcohol and then using them.

Fighting

If your kid is getting into fights at school there is a good chance that he or she is abusing drugs or alcohol. They often develop a bad attitude towards other people or other students and lose their sense of good judgement on defusing conflict.

Heavy drinking and drug use often leads to physical altercations. Resolving conflicts with violence means their decision making skills are probably compromised, and should definitely be questioned. Ask your kid about the circumstances surrounding the fight, and if there was alcohol or other drugs involved, especially if altercations seem to be becoming a pattern.

Taste in Music

Many times when a adolescent gets involved with drugs they mimic and glorify a certain type of "druggy" image. This will include listening to certain types of bands like Phish, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, etc

When teenagers begin to abuse drugs they many times might start hanging out with a new group of friends. If these friends have been long time drug users they might listen to a specific type of music. Teens who use drugs many times are looking to find a place to fit in which is why they sought out drugs in the first place. In order to feel a part of they may begin to adapt and getting involved with other activities that their new friends show an interest in, including their taste in music.

Energy

Lack of

When a adolescent starts to consume a lot of alcohol or drugs they will always feel lazy and sluggish. Pot and alcohol are depressants, so consumption of those drugs will always make the person who is abusing them tired.

The consumption of marijuana or alcohol causes many people to feel lethargic and unmotivated to complete even the simplest of tasks. Taking a trip to the grocery store might seem like such a chore that they decide to order their groceries online. Many alcoholics wont want to leave their house so they will order bottles of alcohol from a food delivery service. Living quarters of alcohol or marijuana abusers are many times messy and unclean due to lack of motivation. Pot smokers can even be too lazy to bathe or shower on a regular basis.

Increased

If you notice that your kid or teen has suddenly displayed unusual amounts of energy it could mean that they are abusing some form of stimulant like cocaine or speed.

Abusers of stimulant type drugs such as cocaine or speed with show symptoms of increased sometimes extreme energy. They may stay up all night or even up to days on end. Speed addicts many times have so much energy that they will deep clean their entire home or tweak out on a complex project or work on a school related assignments throughout all hours of the night. Speech patterns of those on speed may change as well. Those on stimulants might be extra talkative, friendly and engaging.

Disrupted Thought Process

Often times when a kid or teen starts to smoke a lot of marijuana they will have a hard time putting a sentence together or maintaining a conversation that makes sense. also, very common among kids that frequently abuse hallucinogens.

Marijuana users may suffer from a speech impediment. They may find it difficult putting words and sentences clearly. Their thoughts many times are jumbled and when they attempt to speak many times it can come out as incomplete thoughts. Also sudden laughter out of nowhere is also a sign of marijuana use.

Motor Skills

Slow

Unless you are aware of a reason for your kid to be tired this is usually a sign of using depressants such as alcohol, marijuana, or benzodiazepines.

Using depressant drugs or consuming alcohol tends to slow down a users motor skills. They may come off as drowsy, sleepy or tired. There speech can also be mumbled.

Increased

This behavior is usually due to stimulant abuse. Examples of stimulants are methamphetamine, cocaine, Adderall, bath salts, Ritalin.

Abusers of stimulant type drugs such as cocaine or speed with show symptoms of increased sometimes extreme energy. They may stay up all night or even up to days on end. Speed addicts many times have so much energy that they will deep clean their entire home or tweak out on a complex project or work on a school related assignments throughout all hours of the night. Speech patterns of those on speed may change as well. Those on stimulants might be extra talkative, friendly and engaging.

Speech

Slurred

This is most common among kids that abuse depressants such as marijuana, alcohol, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxers (i.e. Soma).

People who abuse depressant type drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines and marijuana may suffer from a speech impediment when uder the influence. They may find it difficult putting words and sentences clearly. Their thoughts many times are jumbled and when they attempt to speak many times it can come out as incomplete thoughts that do not make any sense.

Fast

This behavior is usually due to stimulant abuse. Examples of stimulants are methamphetamine, cocaine, Adderall, bath salts, Ritalin.

If you notice that your son or daughter is extra talkative and speaking very fast there is a chance she is abusing stimulant drugs such as crystal meth, cocaine, or adderall.

Incoherent

Usually a sign of depressant drug abuse such as marijuana, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or muscle relaxers.

People who abuse depressant type drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines and marijuana may suffer from a speech impediment when uder the influence. They may find it difficult putting words and sentences clearly. Their thoughts many times are jumbled and when they attempt to speak many times it can come out as incomplete thoughts that do not make any sense.

Rambling

Most commonly a sign of cocaine abuse or methamphetamine abuse.

If you notice that your son or daughter is extra talkative and speaking very fast there is a chance she is abusing stimulant drugs such as crystal meth, cocaine, or adderall. When abusing these drugs users can talk for hours on end, they can come across as overly friendly and engaging.

Emotions

There are a wide range of emotions displayed by drug users, often ranging from euphoric to listless and dull. The variety of emotions displayed means you should keep an eye on your kid, and see if their emotion is appropriate for the situation.

Employment

Loss of Job

Often times when a young adult or teen is abusing drugs or alcohol they will act a certain way at work, which in turn gets them fired.

Many times addicts and alcoholics who are using heavily have a hard time holding down a job. Heavy drinkers might drink every night, pass out and forget to set their alarm causing them to be late. Excessive tardiness and being absent from work is a good way to get yourself fired. Many times drug users and alcoholics don't want to stop using their substance of choice during the day and would rather call out from work. When they do decide to show up to work many times there work performance is not up to par due to their drug and alcohol abuse. Getting fired from a job is a strong sign that they have a drug or alcohol problem.

Can't Hold Jobs

It is very common for young adults or teens to find it very hard to keep a certain job for a long period of time when they are using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis.

Many times addicts and alcoholics who are using heavily have a hard time holding down a job. Heavy drinkers might drink every night, pass out and forget to set their alarm causing them to be late. Excessive tardiness and being absent from work is a good way to get yourself fired. Many times drug users and alcoholics don't want to stop using their substance of choice during the day and would rather call out from work. When they do decide to show up to work many times there work performance is not up to par due to their drug and alcohol abuse. Many times they might be able to find another job quickly but addicts and alcoholics tend to have a hard time keeping their jobs, due to lack of responsibility. Getting fired from a job is a strong sign that they have a drug or alcohol problem.

Hobbies

Sudden Loss In

When a teen or young adult has suddenly lost interest in hobbies they used to do that are creative and productive that often is a sign that they could be using drugs or alcohol.

It is common for those who have developed a dependency/addiction to lose interest in activities that they used to enjoy and partake in regularly. With an addiction, the obtaining and using of the addictive substance becomes the sole focus of one's life. Due to this often other hobbies either become less interesting in comparison to the drugs or alcohol and simply become far less of a priority in the addict's daily lifestyle. Lethargy is common especially with drugs such as marijuana, opiates and benzodiazepines amongst other depressants.

Sports

Drug abuse among teens often leads to loss in interest in physical activities like sports or exercise.

Drug abuse often leads to a decrease in physical activities. Depressant drugs such as marijuana and opiates produce effects resulting in lethargy, due to this any physical activity often becomes viewed as far more strenuous than before. Stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, though they give the user more energy, will make the user crash faster and harder the more energy they expend. Sports and exercise will make the user feel a worse come-down and so these activities are often avoided when teens and young adults abuse drugs.

Finances

Spends Money Quickly

Nothing to show for it
If you notice your son or daughter blowing through their money with little or nothing to show for it, then they could be spending their money on drugs or alcohol.

Addiction or abuse of drugs and alcohol can often become a very expensive habit to support. Someone with an addiction to drugs will often spend the majority, if not all of their money on obtaining more drugs or alcohol. From an outsider's perspective it appears that the money is simply disappearing, if they are not aware of the drug use. As an addiction or dependency grows so will the expenditure on drugs or alcohol with factors of tolerance and psychological dependency coming into play.

Fragrance

Excessive Perfume/Body Spray

If you notice that your son or daughter smells of excessive perfume or body spray they could be potentially trying to cover up an odor from drugs or alcohol.

Alcohol and certain drugs, especially ones that are smoked, will often have distinctive smells and those abusing these drugs or alcohol will commonly try to hide usage by covering up the smell with deodorant or perfume. Someone smelling of perfume constantly and excessively will often be trying to hide the smell of something else be it drugs or alcohol.

Compulsive Behaviors

Picking

It is very common for people who abuse meth to pick their face or other parts of their body.

Drug users, especially with methamphetamine addicts, tend to pick at the face and skin sometimes without even realizing it. This can be due to a variety of different reasons: tactile hallucinogenic drugs can produce feelings of crawling under the skin and nervous itches are common. Meth users may also have visual hallucinations and may see small bugs crawling all over their skin that they feel the need to pick at, when in reality there is nothing there.

Scratching

Intense scratching
Most common among speed or cocaine users

Scratching is common amongst drug users and especially those who abuse cocaine and stimulant type drugs such as crystal meth.This may be a result of nervousness or the user may experience visual hallucinations where they feel they have tiny bugs crawling all over their skin. Those on speed or cocaine will experience increased energy and scratching is often a subconscious outlet for this energy when the user is not physically active. Often the drug will desensitize the user to pain and so scratching will often lead to sores and/or bleeding without the user feeling pain they would normally feel if sober.

Itching

Soft Itch on Nose
This is most common among opiate users. While high, they very gently itch their nose or face as if they are trying to keep themselves awake.

Itching the nose or face is common amongst drug users and opiate users especially. This can be a result of nervousness or an attempt to keep themselves awake on a drug that produces fatigue and lethargic effects such as heroin.

Organizing

Most common among speed or cocaine users. they often feel the need to organize or clean while they are high

Stimulant drugs, such as speed and cocaine, produce effects of increased energy. Often users whom are at home not doing anything in particular will clean and organize to expend this energy instead of sitting down and buzzing with energy which can be uncomfortable for extended periods of time. Speed and cocaine, unlike depressants, give the user increased awareness and so they are more likely to notice mess around them than someone on heroin or marijuana.

Cleaning

Most common among speed or cocaine users. they often feel the need to organize or clean while they are high

Hyperactivity caused by meth can cause users to excessively clean or organize even when things appear to be clean. Meth use causes obsessive and repetitive behaviors. Some users like to take apart electronics such as cell phones or radios. People on meth may become incredibly focused on a particular object or task for hours without realizing how much time has passed. This also applies to users that compulsively pick at their skin or pluck out hairs. If you finds pieces of electronics for no particular reason or your child has scabs or picking marks, your child could be engaging in compulsive behavior as a result of meth use.

Hygiene

Hair/Makeup
It's very common among meth users and some cocaine users to compulsively do their hair and make-up while under the influence of meth or cocaine.

Methamphetamine and cocaine give the users increased energy and users will commonly expend this energy by working on their appearance such as with make-up and doing their hair. These drugs, when used over long periods of time can make the user's skin to break out and so they will sometimes counter-act with with make-up. Meth users may compulsively do their makeup only to take it off and do it again.

Substances

White Powder

Crystalized
Meth comes in many different forms.. its most common form is crystalized shards that look like broken pieces of glass or small bits of crytal.
Flakey
Cocaine most commonly comes in a white chunky substance that when chopped up looks like flaky powder, almost resembling chopped up pieces of deodorant or powder laundry soap
Glassy
Special K has a glassy, shiny look to it when chopped up into powder.

Brown Powder

Heroin from Mexico comes in a brown powder form that resembles brown sugar

Tar-Like

Black tar heroin looks like chunky little pieces of tar and its very sticky with a strong odor that smells like vinegar and barbeque sauce.

Plants

If you find a cup with soil in it placed on the window seal of your kid's room, or if there is a plant sprouting from it then it might me an attempt at growing marijuana. please see here for picture of what the plant may look like http://www.treatment4addiction.com/drugs/marijuana/

Oils

If you find a vial or container with an oil-like substance in it it may be hash oil. This can be smoked in a glass pipe and produces the same effects as marijuana.

Pills

Sudafedrine
Usually a round, red pill, that says SU on it or Sudafed. When taken in large quantities it can produce the same effect as meth.
Ecstasy
Usually a colorful pill with a pressed cartoon or other unusual image engraved. It will have a very bitter, strong taste if pressed against your tongue.
Oxycontin
The most common abused form of Oxycontin is a little round blue pill that on one side says OC, with the other side having the number 80. Other forms include Roxycontin, which are very small blue (for 30 mg) and green (15mg) pellets.
Xanax
The most common abused Xanax pills are the white bar-like pills. They are in the shape of a bar with 4 square segments (and they say Xanax on them).

Paraphenalia

Pipes

Weed pipe
This could be any type of pipe. It will have a strong odor coming from it and a black residue from the burnt marijuana.
Meth pipe
This will be a glass pipe with a round bubble at the tip, often called a 'pookie'. There usually will be meth resin in the bubbled tip that resembles a crystallized substance.

Car Antenna

Broken car antennas can be used for a few things when it comes to drugs. The first thing is it can be used as a device to smoke crack. Meth users will also use this for 'hot rails' where one end is heated up and the user snort meth through the hot end turning the crystals into vapors.

Smoking Utensils

These items can be roach clips, meth pipe , weed pipe, or foil for smoking heroin or oxycontin.

Needles

When a person becomes further involved into serious drug abuse they often turn to intravenous drug use. This route of administration can be used for heroin, speed(meth), Oxycontin, and cocaine.

Snorting Utensils

Pen Housing
Cocaine and meth addicts will use the round housing part of a Bic pen to snort their drug up their nose.
Straw
Cocaine and meth addicts will use a straw to snort their drug up their nose.
Rolled Money
Cocaine and meth addicts will use a rolled up dollar bill to snort their drug up their nose.

Foil

Most commonly used to smoke heroin or Oxycontin. One way to tell if a piece of foil was used to smoke heroin or Oxy is to look for a black trail or "drip" running across one side of the foil.

Spoon

Usually used for preparing a drug for intravenous drug use. Often black carbon is found on the bottom of the spoon if used to 'cook' or prepare the drugs.

Cotton

When a person cooks a certain drug in a spoon in preparation to shoot it, they use a piece of cotton as a filter when sucking up the drug into a needle.

Baking Soda

(room, car)
If you find baking soda in unusual places it could possibly mean it is being used to make "crack" or freebase out of powdered cocaine.

Brillo/Chore-Boy

Brillo (or chore boy) is most commonly used as a filter for smoking crack. it looks like a golden wirey-mesh and its stuffed into the tip of a glass crack pipe.

Tourniquets

Belts
If you notice that your kid's belt is worn-out or torn a few inches from the buckle (like it had been tied around an arm or wrist several times) it could mean that it is being used as a tourniquet for injecting illicit drugs.
Rubber Hose
If you find unusual elastic-type rubber hoses or strings this may be used as a tourniquet for injecting illicit drugs.

First Aid Supplies

Sometimes intravenous drug users have an unusual amount of first aid supplies because they are constantly getting abscesses and other injuries that are due to their drug use.

Tools

Torches
Its very common for people that smoke a lot of meth and crack to possess torch lighters used for burning the drug or heating up the pipe that the drug is in.
Pokers
Pokers can be any long thin object used for clearing resin out of pipes and bongs.. they will usually have resin on one side of the poker.
Razor Blade
Sometimes cocaine users will have razors blades on their person or in their living space to use for chopping up the cocaine.
Credit Card with Kinks or Bends
Usually a sign that somebody was using the card to chop or break up cocaine or crystal meth.
Gardening Supplies
Possible sign that your kid is growing marijuana.
Lighter

Blackened Bottom

A sign that the lighter is being used to condense marijuana in a pipe while smoking

Equipment

Funnels
Often used as a tool to cook meth.
High-powered lighting
Used for cultivating marijuana.
Soil
A sign that your kid is growing marijuana.
Bio-balls
Used for cultivating marijuana.
Beaker
Often used as a tool to cook meth.
Two-Liter Soda Bottles
Often used as a tool to cook meth.
Coffee Filters
Often used as a tool to cook meth, or prepare hashish oil.
Tubing
Often used as a tool to cook meth.
Iodine
Often used as a tool to cook meth.
Sudafedrine
Often used as a tool to cook meth.

Change in Utilities

Increased Electric Bill

A sign that your kid is growing marijuana.

Odors

Skunk Odor

a sign that your kid is smoking marijuana

Smelly Room

a sign that your kid is smoking marijuana
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