- Health concerns. Keep an
eye out for changes in your teen’s physical health, like constricted
pupils, nausea or vomiting, flushed skin or dizziness. Look further into
anything that seems strange.
- Changes in behavior. The signs of medicine abuse
aren’t always physical. Look for changes in behavior – like sudden
changes in relationships with their family or friends, anxiety,
erratic mood swings or decreased motivation. It’s no secret that teens
can be moody, but be on the lookout for drastic differences in the way
your child behaves.
- Home-related signs. If you’ve noticed belongings
disappearing around the house, or found some unusual objects appearing –
like straws, burnt spoons, aluminum foil or medicine bottles – this
could be a sign of medicine abuse. Count – and lock up – the medicine
you have in your home and safely dispose of any expired medicine.
- Trouble in school. Take note of how your teen is
doing in school, including any change in homework habits and grades. A
rapid drop in grades, loss of interest in schoolwork and complaints from
teachers could be indicators that there’s a problem.
- Things just seem off. You know your child better than anyone and you know when something’s not right. Trust your gut, and talk to your teen about your concerns.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Teens will be teens. They sleep late, fail a test here and there or get uncharacteristically moody. But what if these behaviors are happening more often than usual, or all at the same time? You know your teen better than anyone, but it is important to know what to look for if you suspect he or she may be abusing medicine.