young girl alone

Warning Signs

Warning Signs
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Physical Signs

  • Physical appearance
  • Small pupils
  • Decreased respiratory rate
  • Non responsiveness
  • Drowsy
  • Loss or increase in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Intense flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, sweating, shaky hands, feet or head, large pupils)
  • Wearing long-sleeves or hiding arms

Behavioral Signs

  • Change in attitude and/or personality
  • Tendency to avoid contact with family and/or friends
  • Change in friends, hobbies, activities and/or sports
  • Drops in grades or performance at work
  • Isolation and secretive behavior
  • Moodiness, irritability, nervousness, giddiness
  • Tendency to steal

Advanced Signs

  • Missing medications
  • Burnt or missing spoons and/or bottle caps
  • Syringes
  • Small bags with powder residue
  • Missing shoelaces and/or belts