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The key features and symptoms of drug misuse

A person who misuses drugs will experience some of the following features and symptoms:

Physical

• breathing problems, such as asthma

• skin infections and ulcers if she injects drugs

• withdrawal reactions if the drug is not taken, such as nausea, anxiety, tremors, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, sweating

Feeling

• feeling helpless and out of control

• feeling guilty about taking drugs

• feeling sad and depressed

Thinking

• a strong desire to take the drug

• continuous thoughts about the next occasion of drug use

• thoughts of suicide

Behaving

• sleep difficulties

• irritability, such as becoming short-tempered

• stealing money to buy drugs; getting in trouble with the police

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