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Know the signs

Some of the below signs could be a signal that someone is taking drugs. The list is not conclusive and if someone is displaying one or more of these signs, it does not necessarily mean that they are taking drugs:

Sudden changes in mood and behaviour (erratic, irritable, moody, hyperactivity, restlessness, etc.)

  • Deterioration in personal appearance, health, and hygiene
  • Easily or constantly fatigued
  • Secretiveness
  • Depression
  • Increased absenteeism from work or school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stealing money or goods
  • Excessive spending or money-borrowing
  • Deterioration of long friendships and relationships

How to recognise drugs

The only way drugs can be fully identified is through substance analysis, done by experts,however these are some things to look out for:

  • Small plastic or elaborately folded paper wraps
  • Aluminium foil wrappers, burnt foil spoons
  • Vials, small bottles
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Unusual pills, powders or liquids in small quantities
  • Herbal substances, solid or crumbly brown resin
  • Glass pipes, smoking pipes, other smoking paraphernalia
  • Metal canisters
  • Unusual strong smells, pungent, sickly sweet or smoky 

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