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NCJ Number: 162263 Find in a Library
Title: Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse
Author(s): H R Cellini
Corporate Author: Training and Research Institute (TRI)
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Training and Research Institute (TRI)
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Sale Source: Training and Research Institute (TRI)
8200 Montgomery, NE
Suite 227
Albuquerque, NM 87109
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document describes seven classes of drugs of dependency and some of the behavioral and physical symptoms associated with dependency and abuse.
Abstract: The World Health Organization identifies seven types of drugs of dependency: alcohol and barbiturate (Seconal, for example); amphetamine; cannabis; cocaine/crack; hallucinogen (LSD, mescaline, PCP); opiates (heroin, morphine, Demerol); and volatile inhalants (toluene, acetone, freon). The document contains brief descriptions of each, some of the behavioral and physical symptoms associated with dependency and abuse, and the dangers associated with their abuse. There is a list of behavior patterns frequently associated with dependent drug abuse, and factors that influence drugs' effects. A separate chart includes comments on the strengths and weaknesses of six methods of identifying drug abuse: behavioral observation, self-reports, interviews, legal problems, background check, and drug testing. There is an illustrated explanation of how pupils' size and reaction to light can be indicators of a their drug use. References
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Amphetamines; Barbiturates; Cocaine; Crack; Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Drug detection; Drug effects; Hallucinogens; Heroin; Intoxicant inhalation; Marijuana; World Health Organization (WHO)
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