Drug Abuse

Keep SOCKSARGEN drug free!

Illegal drugs destroy lives and families do your community duty and report drug crime in your area. The fight against illegal drugs is everyone’s responsibility.

If you have information about possible illegal drugs activities or personalities in your barangay, report to the nearest police station or submit the information here online.

Signs of Drug Abuse

The following are common signs of drug revealed by individual using drugs. While not all of these signs mean that one person is involved in drugs and there could be some other physical or emotional problem that is causing these behaviors, there is high chance that drug use may be a possibility:

  • declining interest in school or work
  • suddenly changes friends (hangs out with individuals known for their drug use)
  • becomes pessimistic, irritable and anxious all the time
  • asks to be left alone a lot
  • is always tired (or makes it as an excuse to be left alone)
  • becomes careless and often becomes involved in accidents
  • becomes implicated  in a lot of fights
  • frequent mood swings
  • sudden change in appearance and conduct (red or puffy eyes, weight changes, constant complaints of headaches or stomachaches, shaking, incessant cough, brown stains on fingertips, stumbling, or a constant runny nose)
  • loss of interest in hobbies or sports
  • exhibits poor judgment
  • finds it difficult to concentrate

Words to Know

Addiction – A person has an addiction when he becomes dependent on or craves a drug and believes he needs the drug to live. All an addicted drug user can think about is getting the next dose after getting high.

Depressant – A depressant is a drug that slows a person down. Doctors prescribed depressants to help people be less angry, anxious, or tense. Depressants relax muscles and make people feel sleepy or like their head are stuffed.

Hallucinogen – A hallucinogen is a drug, such as LSD, that changes a person’s mood and makes him see, hear, or think things that aren’t really there. Hallucinogens change the way a person feels time, making it seem to slow down. As the name implies, hallucinogens may cause hallucinations – this is when people think they see or hear imaginary people or things.

High – A high is the feeling that drug users want to get when they take drugs. There are many types of high, including a spacey feeling, euphoria, or a feeling that a person  has “special powers”, such as the ability to fly or see into the future.

Stimulant – A stimulant speeds up a person’s body and brain. Stimulants, such as methamphetamines, have the opposite effect of depressants. Usually stimulants make a person high energetic. When the effects of a stimulant wear off, a person will feel tired or sick.