Theft is one of the best indicators of drug abuse. It happens in almost all the cases that children will steal from parents in order to finance their drug habit. Theft of cellphones, cash, jewelry, electrical appliances such as TV's, video machines, Hi-fi's are common. Children tend to avert to this action since it is a "safe" environment to steal in since parents rarely prosecute.
Should you recognize two or more of these symptoms, one must go deeper and identify the specific drug or drugs in question.
After you have educated yourself regarding the appearance and side-effects of drugs that are available on the black market in South Africa, the next question that arises is which symptoms one must be aware of, indicating drug abuse amongst children.
Although there are no set rules whereby symptoms can be determined, there are certain indicators that can be used with a ± 90% success rate in determining whether a person is involved in the abuse of drugs.
The first and most important facet in the acknowledgment of drug abuse by a child, is surely knowledge of your child's behaviour. A person that does not know their child well, will never know if his child is involved with drugs and can only dare to guess. What is meant by "knowledge of your child", is an intimate knowledge of your child's behavioural patterns, friends, etc.