Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Use and Abuse

Physical Signs

Behavioral Signs

Environmental Signs

Psychological Signs

Runny nose or

Watery eyes

Constricted pupils

Nausea

Constipation

Flu-like symptoms

 

Complaining of stomach pains

 

Impaired coordination

Slurred speech

Sedation

 

Nodding off—fall asleep and wake suddenly

 

Respiratory

depression

 

Skin tone—greyish

Red marks in arm

Bruised hands/feet

Burned hands/fingers

Sudden weight loss

with loss of appetite

 

Shivering

Excessive sweating

Seizures

Insomnia

Usually poor appearance ex. not bathing/brushing teeth

Restlessness

 

Confusion

 

Stealing

 

Lying to others

 

Large amount of time

sleeping/sleeping at unusual times

 

Change in friends

 

Neglecting familial responsibilities

 

Social Isolation

 

Lack of interest

 

Lack of motivation

 

Skipping school, work, commitments

 

Frequent trips to pharmacy

Finding evidence of drug paraphernalia

 

Small plastic bags or wax paper bags

 

Residue from crushed up pills

 

Empty pill capsules

 

Straws cut in half

 

Rolled up dollar bills

 

Syringes, plastic caps used to cover the syringe

 

Spoons bent or with burn marks on them

 

Tin foil in trash

 

Blood spots in clothes/bedding

Depression

 

Anxiety

 

Mood swings

 

Irritability

 

Agitation

 

Paranoia

 

Memory problems

 

Delusions

 

Hallucinations