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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Abuse?

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Constricted (small) pupils
  • Sudden changes in behavior or actions
  • Disorientation
  • Cycles of hyper alertness followed by suddenly nodding off
  • Droopy appearance, as if extremities are heavy

Behavioral signs of Abuse include:

  • Lying or other deceptive behavior
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Sleeping
  • Increase in slurred, garbled or incoherent speech
  • Sudden worsening of performance in school or work, including expulsion or loss of jobs
  • Poor hygiene and lacking physical appearance
  • Loss of motivation
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Lack of interest in hobbies and favorite activities
  • Repeatedly stealing or borrowing money from loved ones
  • Unexplained absence of valuables
  • Hostile behaviors toward loved ones
  • Regular comments indicating a decline in self esteem or worsening body image

Paraphernalia used to prepare, inject or consume heroin:

    • Needles or syringes not used for other medical purposes
    • Burned silver spoons
    • Aluminum foil or gum wrappers with burn marks
    • Missing shoelaces (used as a tie off for injection sites)
    • Straws with burn marks
    • Small plastic bags, with white powdery residue
    • Water pipes or other pipe
    • Wearing long pants or long sleeves to hide needle marks, even in very warm weather
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