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Signs and Symptoms of Chemical Use and Abuse
- Dramatic changes in grades and school performance. Not simply for a quarter or semester, but for 2-3 terms.
- Drastic mood swings at both home and school. Happy, cheerful, talkative, high energy to sullen, swearing at teachers, angry toward peers, verbally abusive with peers and adults.
- Blaming others continually for their behavior.
- Skipping classes, especially those following lunch or the end of the day.
- Falling asleep in class.
- Chronic tardiness for school.
- Drastic change in friends.
- Dropping sports or other interests that they had excelled at in the past.
- Friends verbalizing concerns about behaviors.
- Chronic cough but no history of asthma or other medical condition.
- Illegal activities such as theft, shoplifting, procession.
- Parent or guardian voicing concerns about money or other items missing around the home.
- Parents finding drugs, drug paraphernalia and/or alcohol at home.
- Difficulties with employers such as tardiness or calling in sick.
- Not being able to keep a job or switching jobs frequently.
- Adam or Ecstasy: Street names for the drug MDMA, commonly found at rave parties, nightclubs, and other settings frequented by youth and young adults.
- Meth or Ice: Street names for methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
- GHB or Liquid E: Powerful, rapidly acting central nervous system depressant, often ingested with alcohol by young adults and teens at nightclubs and parties. It is used as a pleasure enhancer.
- Nickel Bag: Five-dollar quantity of marijuana
- Special K: Street name for Ketamine used by veterinary clinics for general anesthetic for animals. This substance is used illegally to produce hallucinations in humans.
- Roofies: Street names for Rohypnol, most commonly implicated in drug-facilitated rape. Taken with alcohol, it can lead to anterograde amnesia, where events that occurred during the time the drug was in effect are forgotten.
- Pinch Hitter or Oney: Small, slim, metal pipe, resembling a baseball bat, used to smoke marijuana.
- Cooler : Cigarette laced with a drug
- Shrooms: Slang term for psilocybin or psychedelic mushrooms
- Bud : Slang term for marijuana
- Acid, Hits: Street names for LSD, the most common hallucinogen and one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals. It is commonly taken orally and licked off blotter paper.