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What are the Symptoms of Prescription and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Abuse?

Some of the signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Constricted pupils, slurred speech
  • Personality changes, mood swings, irritability
  • Excessive energy, avoiding sleep
  • Sweating, flushed skin, loss of appetite
  • Forgetfulness, sleepiness and clumsiness

Signs at home:

  • Missing pills, unfamiliar pills
  • Empty cough and cold medicine bottles or packages

If your teen has prescription medicine:

  • Keep control of the bottle
  • Be alert to your teen running out of pills quickly, losing pills


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