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Below are lists of common signs of opiate use. If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate use, get help now.


PHYSICAL SIGNS OF OPIATE USE

  • Flu-like symptoms including diarrhea, cramping, vomiting
  • Itchy skin, picking at skin
  • Flushed skin
  • Sweating
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Tiny pupils
  • Weight loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness / nodding off



BEHAVIORAL SIGNS OF OPIATE USE

  • Loss of interest in personal appearance and hygiene
  • Secretive phone calls or text messages
  • Mood Swings: Depression alternating with euphoria
  • Talking loudly
  • Angry outbursts
  • Staying up all night / sleeping all day
  • Missing valuables or money
  • Lack of interest doing favorite activities or being around family and friends



OBJECTS THAT MAY BE CLUES OF OPIATE USE

  • Q-tip Heads
  • Cotton balls
  • Small caps
  • Rolled dollar bill
  • Empty pen stick
  • Cigarette filter
  • Bent spoon
  • Syringe
  • Oxycontin (Perc 30's)
  • One edge razor blade
  • Empty pill bottle
  • Belt with teeth marks
  • Bottle camps
  • Tin folk with burns marks
  • Heroin
  • Little plastic bag
  • Penny




Source: Learn 2 Cope

Signs of Opiate Use

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