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Drug abuse and how to identify it

Drug abuse questions and answers.

How do you tell when someone is on drugs?

Identifying drug abuse or someone who is on drugs can be quite difficult because the user often covers their tracks. They will often be away from home, out of sight of their parents or locked away in their room. One simple way is to test their urine with one of our drug test kits.

Picture above shows a sequence of photographs of how drugs and their effects of long term Methamphetamine abuse can affect you. Don’t be this person.Other ways to start detective work is to check around the home for signs of drug paraphernalia, pills or powder. These things can be tested with a Surface or Residue drug test. They can very easily detect and identify the smallest amounts of drug residue, unknown powder and pills.

Guidance identifying drug abuse.

Here is some guidance that can help identify whether an individual is in fact abusing a substance.

  1. Has the person’s personality changed dramatically in the recent days, weeks or months?
  2. Does the person appear to be depressed or extremely irritable? Or perhaps hostile without reason?
  3. Does  the person’s mood change suddenly, intensely, and without provocation?
  4. Noticed the person’s breath smelling of alcoholic beverages?
  5. Detect any physical signs such as the size of their pupils, slurred or incoherent speech?
  6. Have you noticed prescription drugs disappearing?
  7. Have you found money to be missing or stock disappearing at work?
  8. Does the person appear to be less responsible than they used to be?
  9. Has  the person been involved in an accident at work?
  10. Are there any medical or emotional problems?

We have produced a downloadable questionnaire sheet that can be used to help identify reasonable suspicion of drug abuse. Reasonable suspicion checklist. The form is designed for employees, but it can be used for any purpose.

Drug abuse and how to identify it

How do you tell when a teen is on drugs?

  1. Has your child lost interest in school?
  2. In extracurricular activities, especially sports?
  3. Have you noticed your child’s grades dropping?
  4. Have any teachers complained about your child?
  5. Has your child changed friends or started hanging out with a drugging group?
  6. Are you missing money?
  7. Have neighbors, friends or others talked to you about your child’s behavior or drug taking?
  8. Has your child been involved with the law?
  9. Does your child strongly defend their right to use alcohol or drugs?
  10. Does your child “turn off” to talks about alcohol and drug abuse?
  11. Has your child been into fights with other kids?
  12. Have you noticed your child lying to you and others?
  13. Does your child stay alone in their bedroom most of the time, coming out occasionally?
  14. Does your child resent questions about their activities and destinations?
  15. Has your child’s relationship with other family members deteriorated?
  16. Does your child avoid family gatherings which they once enjoyed?
  17. Has your child been caught dealing in drugs or giving them friends?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then watch them carefully, make notes, keep a diary and if you think they may be abusing drugs, then ask them to do a simple test.

Let the results speak for themselves. If they refuse to be tested, this may also be a sign.

Drug and alcohol abuse can create out of what was once a happy and productive person to a “Mr Hyde”.

Parents have found that taking a hair drug test gives them the answers they are looking. It’s difficult to fake and may tell you what you need to know. A hair drug test will show a history of abuse for up to 30 days.

Social and well adjusted people can become strangers, sources of frustration and sadness to the family and fellow workers. If you notice that the person’s behavior has changed and it matches any of the warning signs described above, then follow our help pages on how to test them for drugs or alcohol.

More help can be found on the Drug Free World web site. Teen help can be found here.

Did you know?

Drug testing in the home and the workplace has become a necessity because of widespread prescription drug abuse. Families are deteriorating because of loved ones becoming addicted to illicit and prescription drugs. Drug abuse often starts at the bathroom cabinet. Check it regularly and dispose of outdated or unfinished prescriptions in a responsible way.

The average employer is unknowingly wasting thousands of dollars a year due to drug related workplace issues. Drug testing your employees saves lives and helps prevent addiction.

Every drug test kit supplied by us is made to the highest standard ensuring the result is as reliable and accurate as the last. Always follow manufacturer's recommendations when testing, otherwise you may get an erroneous result.

Test like the professionals!

Refer to our detailed testing instructions and test like an expert. We have compiled a thorough instruction sheet so you can confidently initiate and complete a drug test with confidence. The instructions were compiled by our in-house technicians who have received advanced training from DATIA and Department of Transport.

Here is a link to the INSTRUCTIONS