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Are you concerned your college-aged child is using drugs?

Having a child in his or her late teens or early 20s often means going through a major rite of passage: college. This time can act as a transformative period in your child's life, and you certainly want to make sure that those changes are for the better. Of course, you likely know that your child will want to gain some experiences that he or she could not while living at home.

While some of those experiences may involve joining clubs or taking trips, you may also worry that your child could start experimenting with drugs. You certainly do not want to overreact, but as a concerned parent, you likely also know that students can easily gain access to illegal substances on and off college campuses.

Do you suspect your child of using?

Again, you do not want to jump the gun and accuse your child of doing drugs. However, you may have valid reason to have raised suspicions if your child has exhibited any of the following signs or behaviors:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Changes in appetite, whether constantly feeling hungry or lacking an appetite
  • Decline in grades and interest in school
  • Not feeling interested in other previously enjoyed activities
  • Carrying out questionable or illegal acts, like stealing
  • Having a runny nose or chronic cough
  • Behavioral issues while at home or at school

A number of other signs could present themselves, and as you know your child better than most people do, you may have the ability to pick up on changes in his or her personality that could signal a serious issue.

Have you talked to your child?

Before anyone starts throwing accusations around, you may want to try to have a civil conversation with your child. By broaching the subject of drug use from a point of concern, your child may feel more willing to open up about any issues he or she may be facing. Hopefully, this course of action will allow you to take necessary steps to get your child help before any serious repercussions take hold.

Of course, you may not have a chance to intervene before your child faces criminal charges. You undoubtedly want to protect your child and his or her future, so you may want to determine how to help when it comes to facing the legal aspects of the predicament. It may be in the best interests of your child to gain professional legal assistance.

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