According to CNN, every day more than 2,500 kids try prescription drugs to get high for the very first time. And they don’t even need to find a drug dealer, all they have to do is open up the family medicine cabinet. So, here are the signs that indicate your kid may be in trouble according to the Partnership For A Drug-Free America.
The first sign: Their wardrobe changes faster than their mood swings! Teens try out new identities all the time so if one day they dress preppy and the next day grungy, don’t be alarmed. But if they change styles and start hanging out with a new group of friends, and they don’t want you to meet them, something’s up.
Another warning sign your kid could be on drugs: They sound like they’re speaking a different language. Words like “Dex” and “tussing” aren’t harmless made up words, they’re slang drug terms. So, kids can boldly talk about drugs in front of you, and you won’t suspect a thing! The smart move: Get familiar with the current slang terms for drugs. You’ll find a list on the website DrugFree.org.
And, watch out for disappearing bottles from the family medicine cabinet, including over-the-counter meds like cough syrup. It may not seem dangerous, but if teens use enough cough syrup to get high, they’re at risk for seizures, a coma, and even death.
Another warning sign your kid is using drugs: their sibling is using. Kids idolize their older brothers and sisters and often use drugs just to follow in their footsteps.
Bottom line: Schedule a precautionary appointment with a counselor. The sooner you deal with the issue, the less likely your kid will end up behind bars or dead.