If you need immediate assistance contact the Substance Abuse Hot Line (888) 729-8028.
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Kentucky Substance Abuse Provider Directory
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions
Substance Abuse Information for College Students
How do I recognize a prescription drug problem?
Prescription drug addiction warning signs include:
Physical: Fatigue, repeated health complaints, red and glazed eyes and a lasting cough
Emotional: Personality change, sudden mood changes, low self-esteem, irritability, irresponsible behavior, poor judgment, depression, general lack of interest
Family: Starting arguments, breaking rules, withdrawing from the family
School or Work: Decreased interest, negative attitude, many absences, truancy, visiting many doctors
Social Problems: New anti-social friends, problems with the law, withdrawal from friends
From Detecting Alcoholism: The CAGE Questionnaire by J.A. Ewing, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 252(14):1905-1907, 1984
Take the CAGE Test
Assessing Prescription Drug Use Problems - Four Simple Questions
- Have you ever felt the need to Cut down on your use of prescription drugs?
- Have you ever felt Annoyed by remarks your friends or loved ones made about your use of prescription drugs?
- Have you ever felt Guilty or remorseful about your use of prescription drugs?
- Have you Ever used prescription drugs as a way to "get going" or to "calm down?"
Two or more affirmative answers may indicate probable drug addiction. Any single affirmative answer deserves further evaluation. Please discuss the results with your doctor or other health care professional.