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10 warning signs your child is using drugs

Parents will try to do their best to protect their kids from harm including drugs. Here are telltale clues and warnings that your kid is indulging in these prohibited substances.

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Personality changes

Someone who is on mind-altering drugs will have weird personality changes. Depression, suicidal thoughts, excitement and anxiety amongst other things might be experienced by the user.

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Altered sleeping patterns

You child might have difficulties sleeping or is oversleeping.

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Altered sleeping patterns

You child might have difficulties sleeping or is oversleeping.

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Presence of drug paraphernalia

Watch out for the presence of drug paraphernalia such as glass hashish water pipes, hashish bongs, needles, spoons, guidebooks, scales, test tubes, rolled up paper money, razor blades and the like.

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OTCs and prescription drugs disappearing or missing

Check your supply of over the counter and prescription drugs and check if your stocks are disappearing or not.

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Secrecy

Your child might be so secretive, you cannot even ask something without them being being suspicious, jittery or nervous.

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Secrecy

Your child might be so secretive, you cannot even ask something without them being being suspicious, jittery or nervous.

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Dipping grades and negative school reports

Lack of focus and concentration are some of the side effects of using drugs. Your child's grades will suffer and he/she might fail subjects.

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Changes in eating behaviour

Pay attention to changes in appetites which might increase or decrease without any logical explanation.

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Withdrawal symptoms

Once the effects of drugs have all dissipated, your child might suffer from withdrawal symptoms. These signs will differ according to the drug taken. Some of these include insomnia, irritability, restlessness and social isolation.

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Money mysteriously disappearing

Another clue that you have to watch out for is money which mysteriously disappears. Check your wallets and cash on a regular basis.

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Excessive use of perfumes and sprays

Feeling like your child's bedroom and clothes are always smelling of perfumes and sprays? It's probably because he/she is trying to mask the odour of drugs.

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Excessive use of perfumes and sprays

Feeling like your child's bedroom and clothes are always smelling of perfumes and sprays? It's probably because he/she is trying to mask the odour of drugs.

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