How to spot teen drug abuse
Opioids cause fatigue but do not make good sleeping aids because opioids disrupt sleep. People taking opioids experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep but could find themselves sleeping in strange places and positions. Opioid abusers can sleep for short periods of time while standing up!
Opioids block deep sleep and dream sleep (REM sleep). Because opioids relax muscles and impair breathing, there is an increase incidence of sleep apnea among opioid users..
If you suspect your teens change in behavior and sleep is due to drugs, look for the drug. Finding drugs in your teen’s position is a sure sign of abuse. Drug addicts keep their drugs close to them. Look in your teen’s bedroom and other rooms around the house where your teen frequently hangs out. Drugs may be hidden in toys, electronic devices, shoes, clothing and various other places. If your teens drives a car, there are so many places to look. Start at the dashboard and work your way to the back of the car.
If you do not find drugs, look for nonspecific signs of drug use.
Changes in sleep patterns
Excessive car mileage
Burns in the carpet in the house or car
Random people coming in and out of your house could be a sign your child is selling drugs
Large amounts of money your child may be selling drugs
Use of savings
You start to miss checks or money
Valuable items are missing from your home
Personal items are sold
Drop in grades
Lots of new friends replacing old friends