It's common for parents to worry that their teenagers will use drugs. Learn the signs of drug use so that you can be alert. Early intervention on your part can help your teen stay out of trouble from drugs.
Learn about the different types of drugs that may be used.
Older teens are more likely to use drugs than younger teens. Marijuana (pot) is still common. More and more teens are using prescription drugs.
Keep your eyes open for signs of drug use. Physical signs include:
There may be noticeable changes in your teen's energy level. You may notice:
Your teen's behavior may change. You may notice:
Get help early for your teen. Help them stop using drugs before it becomes a more serious problem.
More information is available at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/.
Teenagers and drugs; Symptoms of drug use in teenagers; Drug abuse - teenagers; Substance abuse - teenagers
Stager MM. Substance abuse. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. GemeIII JW, Schor NF, Behrman RE, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 108.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Preventing drug use among children and adolescents. NIH Publication No. 04-4212(B). 1997. Revised October 2003. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/preventing-drug-abuse-among-children-adolescents. Accessed August 8, 2013.
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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