Physical signs of drug abuse include:
- Frequent bloodshot eyes or pupils that are smaller or larger than they normally are.
- Frequent nosebleeds, which can be a sign of cocaine or meth use due to snorting these drugs.
- Altered appetite, such as periods of no appetite that alternate with periods of increased appetite.
- Frequent bruises or other injuries that cannot be unexplained. These are often due to problems with coordination while under the influence.
- Incoherent speech, jitteriness, or tremors.
- Breath that smells like alcohol.
- Drug paraphernalia in their room or backpack.
- Paint stains on the mouth due to huffing paint.
- Burns around the mouth or on the fingers due to smoking drugs.
- Track marks from injecting drugs.
Many of these signs are very telling and should suggest that your son is using drugs or alcohol. If you notice that your son is displaying several of these signs, you should be even more concerned.