Signs of Substance Abuse

Symptoms of Drug Abuse: What to Look For…

Clarity Testing Services feels it is important to help employers be aware of the symptoms of employee alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace. Click on any of the eight drug categories outlined below for drug addiction facts and information on What You Should Look For, Physical Effects, and Dangers to the Employee beyond the impaired driving of your vehicles.

Drug Category: ALCOHOL

What To Look For…
Smell of alcohol on breath or clothes, hang over, glazed eyes, intoxicated behavior

Physical Effects:
Slurred speech, intoxicated, impaired coordination, slowed reflexes, unsteady walk
Dangers Beyond DWI
Addiction, impaired judgement, and coordination, heart and liver damage


Drug Category: COCAINE

What To Look For…
Needle Marks, syringes, glass vials, pipes, razor blades, white crystaline powder

Physical Effects:
Brief euphoria, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, restlessness, excitement, feeling of well being followed by depression
Dangers Beyond DWI
Addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia.


Drug Category: DEPRESSANTS

What To Look For…
Capsules and pills, confused behavior, longer periods of sleep, slurred speech.

Physical Effects:
Depressed breathing and heartbeat, intoxication, drowsiness, poor coordination.
Dangers Beyond DWI
Addiction, possible overdose, withdrawal requires medical supervision.


Drug Category: INHALANTS

What To Look For…
Drowsiness, poor muscle control, odor of substance on breath or clothing.

Physical Effects:
Nausea, dizziness, headaches, lack of coordination and control.
Dangers Beyond DWI
Nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness, damage to central nervous system, sudden death.


Drug Category: HALLUCINOGENS

What To Look For…
Capsules, tablets, paper blotter squares and dots.

Physical Effects:
Anxiety, panic, nausea, altered mood and perceptions.
Dangers Beyond DWI
Unpredictable behavior, violent behavior, emotional instability.


Drug Category: MARIJUANA

What To Look For…
Rolling papers,pipes, dried plant material, odor of burnt hemp rope, roach clips, glazed eyes.

Physical Effects:
Altered perceptions, red eyes, dry mouth, reduced concentration and coordination, euphoria, hunger, laughing.
Dangers Beyond DWI
Panic reaction, impaired short term memory, addiction.


Drug Category: NARCOTICS

What To Look For…
Needle Marks, needles, syringes, pinpoint pupils, cold moist skin.

Physical Effects:
Euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, watery eyes, runny nose, insensitivity to pain.
Dangers Beyond DWI
Addiction, lethargy, weight loss, hepititis, AIDS, accidental overdose.


Drug Category: STIMULANTS

What To Look For…
Pills and capsules, loss of sleep and appetite, irritability, anxiety, weight loss, hyperactivity.

Physical Effects:
Alertness, talkativeness, increaded blood pressure, loss of appetite, mood elevation.
Dangers Beyond DWI
Fatigue leading to exhaustion, addiction, paranoia, depression, confusion, hallucinations