Dr. Vaishak Vidyadhar, Physician with The Bangalore Hospital, Bangalore warns on the alarming increase in the rise of drug abuse cases.
Drug addiction has claimed a large number of young lives all across the world. The official figure on this is quite scary, and the experts believe that unofficially there are more number of people affected by drug abuse.
A survey conducted by an NGO reveals that 63.6% of the drug abusers seeking treatment, were introduced to drugs at an age, below 15 years.
Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, club drugs and cannabis are some of the substances used by the drug addicts to get high. It is not uncommon to find cases of addiction to cough syrups, sleeping pills, nail paints, and pain-relief balms as well.
As a parent, one should pay attention to our adolescents. It is always advisable not to ignore warning signs of drug abuse. Early intervention and treatment can save your loved ones life. Young adults are more likely to become habitual to drugs as the brain is still developing. They also experience severe withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop using drugs.
Some of the signs of drug abuse can include:
- Changes in behaviour, mood swings, angry outburst, irritability
- Red and watery eyes, dilated or constricted pupils of the eyes
- Demanding more money
- Poor performance in academics and other activities
- Spending more time with new friends
- Avoids family time, preference to stay alone
- Secretive behaviour
- Lying or avoiding queries
- Change in appetite and sleeping pattern
- Loss of interest in social activities
- Unkempt look
If you suspect your loved ones are using drugs, consuming alcohol or smoking, talk to them with patience. Seek medical help at the earliest.