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Addiction in Franklin County

What are some signs of addiction?

Recorder/Paul Franz
Heroin bags, sealed as evidence, are stamped, in one case with a none-too-subtle but perhaps prophetic message, a skull and crossbones

Recorder/Paul Franz Heroin bags, sealed as evidence, are stamped, in one case with a none-too-subtle but perhaps prophetic message, a skull and crossbones

Here are the possible signs or symptoms of prescription opioid or heroin abuse, compiled in part by the Woburn District Court Probation Department’s Heroin Education and Awareness Task Force:

∎ constricted, pinpoint pupils

∎ nodding out

∎ vomiting

∎ constipation or use of laxatives

∎ needle track marks on arms

∎ depression

∎ finding spoons with burn marks

∎ disappearance of spoons

∎ finding small plastic zip bags, translucent paper packets or corners of plastic bags

∎ aluminum foil with burn marks

∎ itching and scratching

∎ weight loss

∎ cessation of menstruation

∎ loss of old friendships

∎ new, undesirable friends

∎ frequent, secret phone calls

∎ time away from home

∎ sudden change in behavior

∎ stolen credit cards and checks, change

∎ pawn slips

∎ purchases returned for refund

∎ theft of household valuables

∎ bottles of vinegar and bleach

∎ cotton balls, scraps of cotton

∎ problems in school

∎ loss of interest in activities

∎ unhealthy appearance

∎ criminal charges

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