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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Need to Know

05/12/2009

Question:

I found some pills in my sons room ,how do i find out what they are? I do not believe what he is telling me. The pills are just small white pills no letters or numbers please help

Answer:

I regret to tell you that you that pills, without any identifying numbers or letters, are nearly impossible to identify without chemical analysis, which is not readily available. A tablet with letter or number markings could be identified at your local pharmacy or through a service such as http://www.bepoisonsmart.com/ for a minimal fee. Columbus Poison Control Center would be an additional source of information at 614-228-1323. To locate another poison control center, call 1-800-222-1222.

It sounds like you are concerned about your son. Drug abuse is the misuse of illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs or alcohol. Symptoms of substance abuse include any one of the following:

If you are noting any one of these symptoms, I would encourage you to seek the help of professionals in further assessment for substance abuse or dependency.

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Response by:

Deborah L Hoy, CNS Deborah L Hoy, CNS
Clinical Instructor at the College of Nursing
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University