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There are a lot of epidemics in the world but perhaps the most debated and controversial one is the conversation about drugs. Drugs are prescribed by doctors for different types of ailments and then there are your illegal, recreational drugs like cocaine and crack, methamphetamines, cannabis, excstasy, LSD and more. They are all habit forming when abused. There are many which when taken on a regular basis form an addiction. The market to test for drugs is in high demand as workplaces, parents and sporting companies take ever more interest in safe environments, drug free sport and healthy loved ones.

There are many signs of drug taking in a friend or family member

Illegal drugs are dangerous and particularly bad for young people who are still developing. Drugs like benzodiazepines, barbiturates, opiates and heroin, all of which you can test for at home, can cause great damage to the brain, heart and other organs. Cocaine is the main cause for heart attacks in young people. Taking recreational drugs gives you a high initially but when you have to “come down” they impair thinking and making decisions. People use drugs for many reasons. It may be just to see what happens out of curiosity or boredom.

Drugs such as meth, ephedrine, morphine or antidepressants can help those with problems to escape reality for a short time. When the effect wears off, it’s back down to earth. Becoming addictive and dependent on drugs is difficult and sometimes once you are addicted it can feel as if there’s no turning back however there are many resources and treatments available to help. If you do try to stop, the withdrawal symptoms will effect you while the drug effect wears off.

  • When suffering from withdrawal symptoms you may have the following:-
  • Suffer from sweating
  • Have tremors or the shakes
  • Throw up
  • Change how you react to normal situations or making decisions
  • Feel extremely depressed or anxious
  • Be extremely fatigued

There are many signs of drug taking in a friend or family member, some being:-

  • Losing interest in school or work
  • Changing friends to be with those who do use drugs
  •  Wanting to be alone
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Getting into fights 
  • Becoming moody and worried
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Coughing and having a runny nose.

Testing for Drugs at Home:-

Parents of young kids, teenagers and grown up children should be aware at all times. If drug taking is suspected try to talk to the person concerned. There are affordable test kits, if you can get the user to try them at home. These will show results quite quickly if drugs are present in the body. For those who abuse drugs and are addicted, feelings of helplessness, shame and isolation are often experienced. Many people experiment with different drugs to have a good time, to do what their friends are doing, to ease anxiety, depression or stress.

Drug use will always cause problems in your life, whether at home, school, work or with relationships. Some of the reasons for addiction are:-

  • Traumatic experiences during childhood like abuse or neglect
  •  Family history of drug taking
  •  Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety 
  •  Stress

Whether you smoke, inhale, ingest or inject a drug, if you become dependent on them there are short term and long term health conditions that can arise. Using drugs repeatedly can change the way your brain functions, making your personality change. You will find your behavior becomes erratic saying and doing things that you wouldn’t normally say or do. You may not feel normal without taking drugs and your happiness and health can suffer as can your family and friends'. Studies have shown the long term effects of various drugs can be serious and life changing. Say no to drugs and yes to test!

He Said She Said..."Drugs take you to Hell. Disguised as heaven. Donald Lynn Frost"

Drug Tests

Whether its recreational or abused prescription drugs, America has somewhat of a drug epidemic on its hands and this is cause for much debate in politics, health organizations and the public in general. Drug testing has become synonymous with employment medicals these days and is practiced worldwide. If you or a loved one are affected by drugs or just want some information on drug testing, drug culture and what support is out there, here are some informative links and resources.

National Helpline: Get Help: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: http://www.drugfree.org/ Helpline: 1855 DRUG FREE (1-855-378-4373)

National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends

Drug Enforcement Association: http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/factsheets.shtml

America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2015/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse

Prescription drug prices in America: http://www.vox.com/2015/9/25/9393805/american-drug-prices-economist-interview