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What are some signs of perscription drug abuse in kids?

What are some signs of perscription drug abuse in kids?

Many : Being withdrawn, falling grades, lying, being stealthy, sneakiness, stealing, losing friends, insubordination, truancy, disobedience, breaking curfew. Any of these in a kid who previously didn't have them is cause for concern. ...Read more

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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more


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Help please! is cutting or drug abuse more common amoung troubled teens?

Help please! is cutting or drug abuse more common amoung troubled teens?

Correlated : Yes, teens with emotional and behavioral problems, parent-child relationship problems, trauma, abuse and neglect report higher rates of these symptoms but all are correlated so determining what is the causative factor is difficult. ...Read more

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Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?

Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?

Yes: Yes. But this has nothing to do with being a teen. Some drugs simply hang around much longer in the brain (and other tissues) than one would reasonably desire...Whether one is a teen...A middle-aged guy...Or a bona fide member of the aarp...Or not... ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

Pain Meds: If you mean abuse of pain medication then it is a constant thought and activity pattern with the goal of obtaining the pain medication. ...Read more

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How can I protect my teen from my prescription drug abuse?

Lock your meds: You need to keep your medications locked in a safe out of general view. ...Read more

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If someone is scratching their skin, sweating, hyper & has constricted pupils is this a sign of drug abuse?

If someone is scratching their skin, sweating,  hyper & has constricted pupils is this a sign of drug abuse?

Maybe: I wouldn't make a diagnosis off those symptoms alone. If the pupils were dilated- would have wondered about methamphetamine. ...Read more

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What defines drug abuse?

What defines drug abuse?

Drug Abuse : In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; recurrent drug use in physically hazardous situations (like driving); recurrent substance-related legal problems; & continued use despite social problems caused/worsened by the drug use. ...Read more

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How common is drug abuse?

How common is drug abuse?

Very common: Unfortunatey, the usa is a country plaged with both prescrition, and nonprescription drug addicts. Many of these individuals or occupying space in overcrowded prisions, others are at large, perhaps homeless, and using criminal means to support their drug habits. The war on drugs has failed horrably, and due to past misguided effects to erraticate cannibus, the real threat today crystal meth. ...Read more

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Drug abuse can cause pfieffers syndrome?

Drug abuse can cause pfieffers syndrome?

Not that I can find: Pfeiffer syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis), and abnormally broad and medially deviated thumbs and great toes. Most affected individuals also have an abnormal midface, with protruding eyes and conductive hearing loss. See:http://children.Webmd.Com/pfeiffer-syndrome-type-i best wishes. ...Read more

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How does drug abuse ruin a persons life?

How does drug abuse ruin a persons life?

Many ways: Drug addiction is a medical disease which can have devastating results on a personal, emotional, social, and work level. The person using drugs is usually unaware or reluctant to admit their problem until its too late. Act now! ...Read more