"Things that you watch for are substantial changes. Changes in mood, changes in friends, changes in dress, a decline in school performance."
-Dr. John Knight, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research at Children's Hospital Boston.
Some signs of prescription drug abuse are easy to detect, such as drugs disappearing from your home. Other symptoms may include sleeping all the time, sudden weight loss, or dramatic shifts in mood, which may signal the onset of an emotional or physical problem. Whatever the cause of any disturbing symptom, the most important thing to do is to get help quickly. Your adolescent/young adult's physician can help you sort this out.
In a crisis, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.