Drug habits: Seek help before it’s too late

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, January 22, 2015

With the rise in property crimes throughout the country it is important that communities are educated on drug and illegal substance abuse in our communities, as property crimes are often committed to fund these illegal habits.

Often when drug abuse is discussed people think of marijuana, cocaine, meth or heroin. People are unaware that prescription painkillers cause the highest number of deaths from overdose in North Carolina. Prescription overdoses have tripled over the past decade and represent the nation’s leading accidental killer.

By educating and sharing information about illegal drug use and trends in our area, prevention steps can possible start early. Increasing the chance for drug habits to be treated and possible helping save families and friends from having to cope or deal with drug issues and losses.

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Tips for recognizing drug use

You know your loved one best, and changes in his or her personality or daily routine may be signs of drug abuse. Discovering drug paraphernalia, like pipes, roach clips or syringes are some of the most obvious signs of drug addiction.

Other signs may include the following: cycles of increased energy and little sleep; dental problems (associated with methamphetamine use); sudden weight gain or loss; persistent cough and/or bronchitis; sinus issues, like nosebleeds and infections (from snorting drugs); sleeping more than usual; memory problems; depression; sudden disinterest in regular activities; confusion or disoriented.

Prescription medications that are no longer needed can be dropped off at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for destruction anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

– Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill