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Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

With prescription drug abuse on the rise in Massachusetts, it’s crucial for parents, educators, health professionals, and employers to be educated on the #1 cause of accidental death in the United States.

One of the best ways to prevent death and injury caused by prescription drug abuse is catching the drug abuse early and helping the drug abuser get the treatment they need. In order for this to happen, people should be aware of the signs of prescription drug abuse.

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

The following are signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse that could indicate that your friend, family member, or employee is misusing legally or illegally prescribed medications.

Physical Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

There are several physical signs of prescription drug abuse which vary based on the type of medication being abused. These include:

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      • Constipation
      • Decreased breathing rate
      • Excess sweating
      • Lack of balance
      • Low blood pressure
    • Sedatives & anti-anxiety medications
      • Rapid, involuntary eyeball movement
      • Lack of balance
      • Drowsiness
      • Dizziness
    • Stimulants
        • Weight loss
        • High blood pressure

      Irregular heartbeat

In general, prescription drug abuse can also cause pupil constriction, vomiting and nausea, and flushed skin.

Behavioral Changes

Prescription drug abuse doesn’t just affect someone physically — it also manifests as behavioral issues. Here are a few to keep an eye out for:

  • Changes in relationships with friends, family, or coworkers
  • Erratic behavior and moodiness
  • Abnormally anxious behavior
  • Poor or rash decision-making
  • Overly energetic or sedated behavior

Lost Productivity

Prescription drug abuse can also cause people to lose motivation, which will result in lost productivity at school or work. If you notice changes in someone’s work habits, a loss of interest in work-related tasks, an uncharacteristic failure to meet deadlines, complaints from supervisors or coworkers, or a change in the quality of their work, your employee could be abusing prescription drugs.

Get Prescription Drug Abuse Testing Today

Of course, the presence of these signs alone does not confirm that someone is abusing prescription drugs. It’s key that you approach your relative, loved one, or employee to discuss their suspected drug use — and confirm it with drug testing.

ARCpoint Labs of Worcester offers quick, confidential, and accurate prescription drug testing for employers or parents who need to verify suspicions of prescription drug abuse.

To learn more about our services or to get started on prescription drug testing today, call (774) 314-9551.


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