Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use

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There is no escape from the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse. Across the planet drugs and alcohol are manufactured both legally and illegally, resulting in a worldwide epidemic of suffering caused by the devastation of addiction.

Drugs come to Europe from across the globe. From South and Central America, traffickers ship cocaine to European countries. From Central Asia, heroin makes its way to Central and Western Europe. Stimulants like amphetamine, methamphetamine or ecstasy flood into European countries. And, of course, alcohol is everywhere and integrated into the lifestyle of many western Europeans.

There’s no getting away from it. Addiction to these substances must be solved by helping one person at a time reclaim their lives from drugs. To know when to act, it’s vital to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms that show up when these drugs are used.

Signs & Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

There are many commonly used drugs in Europe and knowing the signs and symptoms of their use may help you determine when it is time to act.


Alcohol
Alcohol

Alcohol

In every country of Europe, there are those who suffer from problems related to alcohol. The problems arise when too much is drunk too fast or too often over a prolonged period of time.
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Ritalin
Ritalin
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Amphetamines

Amphetamines or amphetamine-type stimulants cover a wide range of synthetically made stimulants which increase heart rate, body temperature and brain activity.
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Klonopin
Klonopin
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Benzodiazepine

Used medically, these drugs are often over-prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. They are also popular among people who use opioids as they make the effect of the opioids stronger. But they can also contribute to an overdose death.
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Cannabis
Cannabis
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Cannabis

All cannabis products together constitute the most widely-used drug in Europe, accounting for 38% of the money spent on illicit drugs. Herbal cannabis and hashish are the types most often used.
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Cocaine
Cocaine
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Cocaine

With an estimated 17.5 million European adults having experimented with cocaine at some point in their lives, cocaine is the number one illicit stimulant drug in Europe. An estimated 2.3 million young adults (aged 15 to 34) have used cocaine in the last year.
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Hashish
Hashish
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Hashish

More than one-quarter of all drugs seized in Europe are hashish. Hashish, or commonly called hash, is the distilled oil from the cannabis plant which is compressed in smokeable form.
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Heroin
Heroin
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Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug which is most often found as a white or brownish powder. It is a central nervous system depressant and can result in overdose and death.
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LSD Blotter Paper
LSD Blotter Paper
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LSD

Lysergic Acid-Diethylamide (LSD) is a chemically produced powerful hallucinogenic drug. Most LSD today is rarely pure and is synthetically adultered, making it even more dangerous and unpredictable.
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Ecstasy
Ecstasy
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MDMA/Ecstasy

Since much of the world’s MDMA has originated from Europe, particularly Belgium and the Netherlands, this is a drug that has long seen popularity in Europe.
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Crystal Meth
Crystal Meth
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Methamphetamine and Ice

While methamphetamine is chemically similar to amphetamine, the effects are three to five times stronger and can last up to three days. Meth comes in several forms “ice” or “crystal meth” is the most prevalent today. When a person uses ice or crystal meth, he (or she) will experience an immediate and powerful stimulant effect.
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Prescription Drugs
Prescription Drugs
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Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs most commonly are divided into three categories: Painkillers, Stimulants, Sedatives and Benzodiazepines.
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