Identifying Drug Use and Addiction

Identifying drug use and addiction can be difficult. Behaviors and signs will differ from person-to-person and are dependent on the drug of choice.

Prescription drugs such as oxycodone and morphine, as well as illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl, all belong to a group of drugs called opioids. Opioid use and abuse will cause people to exhibit many physical symptoms. These are: drowsiness, intermittent nodding off, passing out, and/or constricted/pin-point pupils. Minimizing access to opioids for drug users and those at-risk for addiction is a necessary step in prevention.

Identification Resources and Information:

Warning Signs of Drug Use and Addiction

For Parents

Spotting Drug Use

Teen Drug Abuse

Information for Parents

10 Common Signs of Opiate Addiction 

For Self

Information About Types and Sources of Drugs

Drugs A-Z

Drug Photos for Identification

Pillbox (National Library of Medicine)

Pill Identification

Opiates List of Opiates A Comprehensive List of Opiates 



Minimizing Access to Drugs

Lock the Cabinet: Teens Get Prescriptions from Friends, Family

Don’t Share Your Meds

Disposing of Medications Properly

How to safely dispose of household pharmaceutical waste

Information about mail-back and take-back programs and drop locations. 

Locate a Drop Box Location Near You

Find a Prescription Drop Box Near You

Medication Disposal Locator 

List of Registered Sharps Collection Stations in Wisconsin


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