Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Use

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Appearance-     Appearance has Changed, Tired, Weight Loss

Paraphernalia- Water, Bottle Caps, Orange Syringe Caps, Cotton, Straws cut into small sizes,                                Burnt or Missing Spoons. 

Behavior -         Moodiness, Detachment, Loss of Pleasure in Activities, Distance from Family                                 or Relatives, Late Night Unexplained Trips, Change in friends,

                           Frequent Requests for Money

Behavior at Work- Distracted, "messing up" work assignments, unable to focus on task, 

                                 missing or late, falling asleep.

Other signs (things you can see) of symptoms (things they feel)

irritability

upset stomach

constipation

sleep disruption

job loss

theft

detachment

avoidance

isolation

withdrawing

guilt

denial

blame-shift

positive self talk declines, replaced by negative self talk

(things they say or no longer say)

low self estreem

aggression

preoccupation with drug or

preoccupation with drug items

Contributing factors

recently released from rehabilitation or jail

period of abstinence

new drug supply

new drug supplier

using alone

homelessness

mental health difficulty

loss of contact with others

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