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Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Prescription Drug AbusePrescription drug abuse has become just as much of a recreational activity as abusing illegal drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, heroin or marijuana. Prescription drugs are easier to get a hold of since they are commonly prescribed, available over the internet, stolen and sold in schools, the workplace and on the street. Many people underestimate the dangers of prescription drug abuse, but even though prescription drugs are given out by medical professionals, these drugs are potentially harmful. They carry a high addictive potential and they can lead to serious health complications and heavy legal punishments for possession, abuse, sale and distribution.

People abuse prescriptions drugs for infinite reasons. People may turn to a controlled substance to self-medicate physical or emotional pain, increase their energy and concentration, lose weight, relax, get a euphoric high and improve their mood. Gone are the days where prescription drug abuse only applied to borrowing or buying a few pills on occasion. Nowadays prescription drug abusers take drug use to the next level: crushing, snorting, smoking, injecting and mixing them with other drugs are all common practice when it comes to prescription drug abuse.

For those who are concerned about a loved one’s prescription drug use, identifying the signs of abuse is. Look for any drug paraphernalia associated with prescription drug abuse such as the following items:

  • Used aluminum foil with burn marks
  • Hollowed out pens or markers
  • Lighters
  • Razors, pliers or any device used to crush or chop a pill
  • Empty pill bottles
  • Needles or syringes
  • Spoons used to heat and melt pills
  • Powder residue on books, tables or other hard surfaces

If you notice any of these signs, consider the likelihood of prescription drug abuse.

Other Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

There are many signs associated with prescription drug abuse. For one, an individual’s behavior, lifestyle and physical appearance will change. Loved ones who are concerned about another’s prescription drug use should look for the following signs of abuse:

  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Detachment from family
  • Changes in friends, hangouts and activities
  • Loss of interest in things that were once important
  • Poor performance at school, work, home and etc.
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Being tardy or not showing up for events
  • Lack of motivation
  • Getting into financial or legal trouble, spending large amounts of money, stealing, lying and etc.
  • Getting into altercations with others, fighting with and losing friends
  • Seeming anxious or paranoid

While those are behavioral signs, the following symptoms are strictly physical:

  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Blood shot, large pupils or sunken eyes
  • Frequent illness with flu-like symptoms
  • Fatigue, lethargy or appearing confused
  • Strange sleeping patterns
  • Appearing intoxicated, sedated or overly-stimulated for no reason
  • Tremors, scratching and twitching
  • Decline in personal hygiene and grooming habits

If you notice these problems, get help today to deal with them.

Help for Prescription Drug Abuse

If you fear that a loved one abuses prescription drugs, we can help. To speak with an addiction counselor about getting help, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to talk with you about quitting prescription drugs and treating addiction. Whether you have questions, need information or are ready to get help, call us now.

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