Why are these Children in Danger?
Parental behavior under the influence: poor judgment, confusion, irritability, paranoia, violence
Chaotic home life
Exposure to second-hand smoke
Accidental ingestion of drug
Household may lack food, water, utilities
Children may lack medical care, dental care, immunizations
Greater risk of abuse
Greater risk of sexual abuse if parent has multiple partners
What are the Drugs affecting Children and Families?
Characteristics of Drug Use
Below are a list of drugs and the prominent characteristics of their use and abuse, as well as significant warning signs to identify parents or caretakers of drug endangered children.
Alcohol: slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, poor balance, odor of alcohol, drooping eyes, flushed appearance, confused, lack of concentration, vomiting, aggressive behavior, exaggerated behavior, crying, exhibitionist behavior
Marijuana/Synthetic Marijuana: bloodshot eyes, euphoria, laughing, disorientation, impaired time & distance perception, binge eating, sweet smoky smell, dry mouth, unable to concentrate, short-term memory loss, hacking cough, lazy laid back appearance, unmotivated, talkative
Stimulants: irritable, dilated pupils, intense emotions, fidgeting, headaches, difficulty concentrating, agitation, excessive activity, loss of appetite, insomnia
"Ecstasy" (MDMA): extreme euphoria, dilated pupils, teeth grinding, nausea, muscle pain, diarrhea, paranoia, loss of appetite, anxiety, increased body temp, insomnia
Depressants: slurred speech, staggering gait, depressed, spasmodic movement of eyes, unsteady, poor balance, confusion, droopy eyes, tired
Cough Medicine: euphoria, hallucinations, loss of coordination, drowsiness, increased pulse & blood pressure, hypothermia, slurred speech
Inhalants: chemical odor, sores/red marks around mouth and nose, coughing, runny nose, sneezing, impaired attention, slurred speech, nosebleeds, nausea, vomiting, poor balance & coordination
Hallucinogens: sense of detachment from surroundings, hallucinations, fixed eyes, blank stare, anxiety, panic, distorted reality, slurred or blocked speech
Cocaine: excitability, anxiety, dramatic mood swings, runny nose, sores around nose, hacking cough
"Crack": tremors, involuntary muscular movements, paranoia
Methamphetamine: excitability, anxiety, tremors, involuntary muscular movements, dry mouth, dizziness, chest pain, teeth grinding, dilated pupils, tooth decay, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, increased blood pressure, insomnia (awake for days at a time, then crashing & sleeping for days), sores on body (meth bugs), excessive scratching of skin. In addition, withdrawal from family and friends, lack of appetite, extreme weight loss, irritability, high body temperature, extreme depression, repetitive or compulsive behaviors
Narcotics: constricted pupils, low raspy voice, droopy eyes, poor coordination, dry mouth
Steroids: depression, violent outbursts, sudden weight gain, change in muscle mass, increased hair growth, irritability, acne, high blood pressure
Nicotine: odor, yellow fingers, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, low raspy voice, dizziness
Heroin: surge of euphoria, clouded thinking, wakeful and drowsy states, depressed breathing
"Bath Salts": agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidal, high blood pressure, increased pulse, psychosis, and stimulation effects
*Withdrawal Symptoms: Any of the following symptoms can be signs of drug withdrawal: nausea, sweating, tremors, agitation, irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, confusion, headaches, tired, anxiety, thirst, cramps, craving.