Summer Break is Here – Watch Your Kids for Signs of Drug Use

Summer’s in full swing! For many teens, this means days at the lake or the pool, afternoons at the mall, and nights with friends. But for some, break from school can also include drug use.

As parents, it’s your job to be vigilant about your teen’s drug use, especially during the summer when your kids are home from school and have more free time (and potentially less supervision).

Here are our tips for spotting signs of drug use in your teens this summer!

Watch Your Teens for Signs of Drug Use

Teen drug use can manifest in many ways. It’s important to look for both physical signs that affect your teen’s health and outward appearance, and behavioral signs that affect their emotions, relationships, and actions.

Physical Signs of Drug Use

The following physical conditions could indicate that your teen is experimenting with drug use:

  • Kansas City | Watch Teens for Signs of Drug UseBloodshot eyes or pupil irregularities: associated with marijuana use and prescription drug abuse, particularly cold medications
  • Sudden changes in weight
  • General deterioration of appearance
  • Lack of care for personal grooming
  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Changed sleep patterns: excessive sleepiness associated with marijuana use, excessive alertness caused by hallucinogens and stimulants
  • Tremors
  • Slurring of speech
  • Coordination impairment: associated with depressants
  • Discolorations on fingers, lips, and teeth
  • Loss of hair: associated with steroid use

Behavioral Signs of Drug Use

  • Personality changes, including:
    • Increased irritability: associated with use of stimulants, inhalants, and steroids)
    • Sudden mood swings or outbursts of anger
    • Euphoria and hyperactivity: associated with use of stimulants, narcotics, marijuana, and club drugs like ecstasy
    • Paranoia or anxiety: associated with use of marijuana, hallucinogens, and stimulants
  • Behavioral changes, including:
    • Sudden drop in attendance and performance
    • Increase in evasive or manipulative behavior, including lying and stealing
    • Sudden change in friend groups, hangout spots, and interests
    • Frequent run-ins with others or the law, including fights, accidents, and illegal behaviors
    • Lack of motivation and lethargy
    • Lowered inhibitions

Help Your Teen Overcome Drug Use

If your teen shows any of the above signs of drug use this summer, the first step in getting help is confirming your fears. With teen drug testing at Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City, you can see if your teen has been abusing drugs, including synthetic drugs, prescription medication, or other commonly-abused drugs. We can even help you set up long-term monitoring of your teen with a sweat patch.

To learn more about our comprehensive drug testing services, call Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City today at (816) 875-0464.

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