Prevention of Drug Abuse

3826 WordsApr 5, 201116 Pages
Drug abuse Compulsive, excessive, and self-damaging use of habit forming drugs or substances, leading to addiction ordependence, serious physiological injury (such as damageto kidneys, liver, heart) and/or psychological harm (such asdysfunctional behavior patterns, hallucinations, memoryloss), or death. Also called substance abuse. Drug 1. Natural or synthetic substance which (when taken into a living body) affects its functioning or structure, and is used in the diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of a disease or relief of discomfort. Also called legal drug or medicine. A legal or medicinal drug (such as amphetamines), however, can be harmful and addictive if misused. 2. Habit forming stimulant or narcotic substance…show more content…
Signs of Drug Use Signs of drug use vary depending on what drug the individual is using. However there are some general signs one can evaluate if they suspect that someone they care about is using drugs. Here are some general signs of drug use that pertain to almost every drug: • An abrupt change in the individual 's work or school attendance, the quality of their work, how much work they produce now compared their past production • Unusual outbreaks of temper, sudden changes in their mood (verbally and physically abusive) • Acting paranoid or confused • Not taking responsibility for their actions • A general, overall change in their attitude • Withdrawing from family and friends • Drastic change in their physical appearance and grooming habits • Associating themselves with known drug users • Frequent / unusual borrowing of money or always seeming to have a lot of money • Acting secretive about their actions and possessions ◊ Signs of Drug Use: Alcohol • Alcohol odor on the individual 's breath or person • Intoxication (drunk) • The individual has a hard time focusing and has a glazed look • Either uncharacteristically passive behavior or combative and argumentative behavior • Deterioration in the individual 's personal hygiene • Becoming dysfunctional, especially with it comes to their job performance or academics • Absenteeism
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