There are many warning signs of drug use and abuse in teenagers. The challenge for parents is to distinguish between the normal, sometimes volatile, ups and downs of the teen years and the red flags of substance abuse.
Being secretive about friends, possessions, and activities.
New interest in clothing, music, and other items that highlight drug use.
Demanding more privacy; locking doors; avoiding eye contact; sneaking around.
Skipping class; declining grades; suddenly getting into trouble at school.
Missing money, valuables, or prescriptions.
Acting uncharacteristically isolated, withdrawn, or depressed.
Using incense, perfume, or air freshener to hide the smell of smoke or drugs.
Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils