What Drugs Are They Taking? Know The Signs

What Drugs Are They Taking? Know The Signs

What Drugs Are They Taking

When you notice your friend, sibling, or child acting strange, it’s hard to ignore the feeling that they may be doing drugs. You want to talk to them, but you don’t quite know what to say because you don’t know for sure what drugs they’re taking. What drugs are they taking? Here are the short-term signs and symptoms of some common drugs.

What Drugs Are They Taking? Know The Signs


Other Common Names: pot, weed, dope

Behavioral Changes: Smoking a joint can cause users to appear very relaxed, to the point of being sleepy. Marijuana can impair coordination, causing the person to walk and move awkwardly. Use of this drug is also known to cause a heightened craving for food, commonly called “the munchies.”

Mental/Emotional Changes: Cognitive processes such as short- and long-term memory, learning new things, or problem-solving are very limited while under the influence of marijuana. Emotionally, they tend to experience little stress or anxiety while they are high. Pot users are stereotypically portrayed as extremely relaxed, with a go-with-the-flow type of attitude.

Physical Appearance: After smoking marijuana, a person may have dry, bloodshot eyes. This may sometimes make them use eye-wetting drops frequently. Their clothes and body may smell of marijuana, a pungent odor that is like an oily, sweet herb.


Other Common Names: acid, L, purple haze

Behavioral Changes: Acid makes the user feel disoriented by their surroundings. These episodes can sometimes last up to 12 hours with just one dose. With larger quantities, users can experience hallucinations. Users will often attempt to interact with what they’re seeing, making it appear as though they are behaving strangely. Slurred, almost incoherent, speech is also common.

Mental/Emotional Changes: LSD use causes a wide range of emotions. Extreme and frequent mood changes sprout from these unpredictable and erratic emotions. Users could also experience a irregular sense of panic.

Physical Appearance: When combined with other side effects, sweaty hands and an increase in perspiration are a strong clue that a person is potentially using LSD. Pupils are also sometimes larger than usual.


Other Common Names: coke, crack, snow, blow

Behavioral Changes: When on cocaine, a person will act as though they have little or no self-restraint. They may partake in activities that they would find embarrassing, frightening, or stressful if sober. Cocaine messes up a person’s sleep pattern, and frequent users can even begin to act violent. Whether snorted, injected, or smoked, cocaine gives the user energy, allowing them to stay active much longer than normal. This means a coke user gets jittery and jumpy and can stay up all night, instead of getting sleepy.

Mental/Emotional Changes: People are led to believe that they will experience extreme happiness during their cocaine high, which is why they first try it. In reality, the happy feeling only lasts minutes, and is quickly followed by an intense emotional low. Memory problems often occur and mood shifts are common with cocaine use. The user will also sometimes feel indifferent to activities they once enjoyed doing and people they used to like being around.

Physical Appearance: Regular users tend to appear eerily thin because they can’t keep on the pounds. If they frequently snort cocaine, they will have a lot of nose bleeds. Their eyes may also appear red with large pupils.


Other Common Names: shrooms, magic mushrooms, silly putty

Behavioral Changes: Intense laughter is typical when on mushrooms and begins around 20-25 minutes after ingesting the drug. For about six hours, users might vomit, feel physically weak, and have extremely uncoordinated body movement.

Mental/Emotional Changes: Users tend to feel confused and uncertain about their surroundings, which can cause them to feel spacey. In some cases, users have hallucinations and are so mentally impaired that they can’t identify the hallucinations as just imaginary.

Physical Appearance: It is common for their eyes to be dilated and not focus on their surroundings. Because of this they may show physical signs of nausea.


Other Common Names: smack, dope, H, black tar

Behavioral Changes: Heroin is connected to morphine, so it tends to slow down the user’s breathing and make them sleepy. Constant almost falling asleep is a common problem for heroin users.

Mental/Emotional Changes: Users feel very relaxed when on this drug. Their mental activity goes down, only to be replaced by depression and lethargy.

Physical Appearance: Marks from repeated injections can be seen on the arms of many heroin users. Keeping up on good hygiene also becomes of very little concern to them.


Other Common Names: [crystal] meth, crank, speed, ice, glass

Behavioral Changes: Meth addicts are commonly able to stay awake for days at a time while on the drug. They can usually accomplish a large number of tasks in a short period of time because they aren’t taking time out to sleep.

Mental/Emotional Changes: Users tend to feel agitated, paranoid, and on high alert when using meth. Some people who use meth even have hallucinations and feel an increased aggression while taking the drug.

Physical Appearance: The change in physical appearance in meth users is a drastic one. The skin goes from healthy and clean to sagging and acne-prone. Rotting teeth and infected gums make up meth mouth, while hair and weight loss destroy the outer shell of a person once lively in appearance.

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