Common signs and symptoms of drug use:

These are some common warning signs and symptoms of drug use.

  • Change in relationships with family members or friends
  • Mood changes or emotional instability
  • Unusually clumsy, stumbling, lack of coordination, poor balance
  • Sullen, withdrawn, depressed
  • Unusually tired
  • Silent, uncommunicative
  • Hostile, angry, uncooperative
  • Deceitful or secretive
  • Neglecting responsibilities- at school, work, or home
  • Makes endless excuses
  • Decreased Motivation
  • Hyperactive
  • Unusually elated
  • Periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of “catch up” sleep
  • Messy, careless appearance
  • Poor hygiene
  • Track marks on arms or legs
  • Burns or soot on fingers or lips
  • Red, flushed cheeks or face
  • Disappearance of money or valuables

What to do if you suspect drug use:

If you suspect a friend, family member, or coworker of drug use, don’t be afraid to ask them about it.  Be sure to voice your concerns.  That being said, this can be a hard subject to approach.  There are many videos available on YouTube with suggestions about how to go about having this conversation.  In the end, you know the person you will be speaking with and may know the best way to approach the subject of drug use.  Try not to be negative and encourage an open discussion. If treatment is needed, there are many options available.

If speaking with the person doesn’t work and you still suspect drug use, there are actions which you can take depending on your relationship with the person.  If you are a parent, you have many options. You can look through their room, vehicle, and other personal belongings. You can give random drug tests which are readily available at most drug stores. As a friend you can keep an eye out for the warning signs or any items related to drug use, and le t that friend know that you are there for them if they need anything.  If you are a coworker you can treat the situation much as you would with a friend, however if it is becoming a safety concern you may want to express your concerns with a supervisor.

As always the Vermilion Police Department is happy to help whether it is speaking with someone, collecting drugs or paraphernalia that need to be turned over, or directing someone to a source of help.

What to do if you suspect drug activity:

Drug activity can happen anywhere at any time.  If you see something that you suspect is drug activity, call the police.  If it is something that is currently happening we may be able to intervene.  If it is a pattern of activity that you have observed you can call and speak with someone, provide any information you may have, and we will look into the matter.

If you have any concerns or tips feel free to call the police department or email to