Once you’ve familiarized yourself with common warning signs of teen drug use, a few simple guidelines can go a long way toward spotting an issue earlier rather than later. It’s also a good idea to explore our Drug Guide for more substance-specific signs of use.

Even if you don’t find direct evidence, it’s important to always trust your gut — take action by talking with your child and seeking help if necessary.

How to Find Out if Your Child is Using Drugs or Alcohol

Use Your Nose. Have a real, face-to-face conversation when your son or daughter comes home after socializing with friends. If there has been drinking or smoking, the smell will be on their breath, on clothing and in their hair.

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