Issues of drug addiction

  • Loss of interest in sports and daily routine.
  • Loss of appetite and body weight
  • Unsteady gait, clumsy movements, tremors
  • Reddening and puffiness of eyes, unclear vision
  • Slurring of speech
  • Fresh, numerous injection marks on body and blood stains on clothes
  • Nausea, vomiting and body pain
  • Drowsiness or sleeplessness, lethargy and passivity
  • Acute anxiety, depression, profuse seating
  • Changing mood, temper, tantrums
  • Depersonalization and emotional detachment
  • Impaired memory and concentration and
  • Presence of needles syringes and strange packets at home

Factors associated with high risk for drug abuse

  • Unemployment
  • Living away from home
  • Migration to cities
  • Relaxed parental control
  • Alienation from family
  • Early exposure to drugs
  • Leaving school early
  • Broken homes, one parent families
  • Large urban environments
  • Areas where drugs are sold, traded or produced
  • Certain occupations
  • Areas with high rates of crime or vice
  • Areas where there are drug using gangs
  • Areas where delinquency is common