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Signs of heroin use

According to a list provided by the Heroin Education Awareness Task Force and the Woburn District Court Porbation Department, symptoms or signs of heroin use that parents and others can watch for include:

∎ constricted, pinpoint pupils

∎ vomiting

∎ constipation

∎ nodding out

∎ use of laxatives

∎ loss of old friendships

∎ new, undesirable friends

∎ frequent, secret phone calls

∎ depresssion

∎ track marks on arms

∎ time away from home

∎ sudden change in behavior

∎ itching and scratching

∎ weight loss

∎ cessation of menstruation

∎ finding plastic Ziploc bags

∎ finding spoons with burn marks

∎ disappearance of spoons

∎ stolen credit cards and checks

∎ aluminum foil with burn marks

∎ pawns slips

∎ purchases returned for refund

∎ theft of household valuables

∎ bottles of vinegar and bleach

∎ cotton balls

∎ problems in school

∎ loss of interest in activities

∎ missing money

∎ unhealthy appearance

∎ criminal charges

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