Substance abuse can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving the user feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed. The key word here is ‘change’- you have to look out for changes in their health and behavior. Here certain signs that indicate whether someone is taking drugs.
(1) Sudden change in friends
Drug users usually stop socializing with their friends. Moreover, their new friends are usually their dealers or other drug users. They may also engage in other illegal activities with their new ‘friends’.
(2) Slurred speech
Slurred speech is a sign of using barbiturates and tranquilizers. Other drugs that cause problems in speaking include alcohol, hallucinogens, cocaine and other stimulants.