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Drug Deaths in UK Rise Again: Experts Explain the Signs of Addiction

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News Release, (2022, August 11). Drug Deaths in UK Rise Again: Experts Explain the Signs of Addiction. Psychreg on Health Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/drug-deaths-signs-addiction/
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Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed that drug deaths in the UK are on the rise again, with approximately 4,589 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in 2021; this was 6.2% higher than in 2020. 

Drug addiction is a progressive disorder characterised by a compulsion to continue using despite the negative consequences.

Addiction specialists at Private Rehab Clinic Delamere have raised their concerns about the rising number of deaths related to the use of drugs and have shared some common signs and symptoms of drug addiction to look out for if you’re concerned about a loved one. 

Changes in personality or behaviour 

A common symptom of addiction to any type of drug is a change in behaviour and personality. For example, it is common that people to begin to lack motivation for most things in life due to using.

Other examples of this could be increased irritability and agitation, as the use of drugs can induce paranoia and increase anxiety symptoms. 

Bloodshot eyes, bloody noses, and dilated pupils

Physical symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, and bloody noses can all also be signs someone is struggling with drug addiction.

Bloodshot eyes are usually a sign of cannabis use; however, this can also apply to drugs such as cocaine. Dilated pupils and bloody noses could be signs of drugs that are taken nasally, such as cocaine, MDMA and ketamine. 

Shakes, tremors, and slurred speech 

A person dependent on drugs may show signs of shakes, tremors and slurred speech when they are either high or experiencing a comedown.

Tremors and shakes are often signs of heroin usage, one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs.

Lack of concern for personal hygiene 

Like changes in behaviour, lack of concern for personal hygiene is a common symptom of a person using drugs.

For example, a person who is addicted may not shower for multiple days on end or may forget to change their clothes. 

Continuing to take drugs despite consequences 

If you find that someone is continuing to take drugs despite the negative consequences being clear, then this is an obvious sign of addiction.

This is because the individual addicted can only think about the drug and will be compelled to abuse them no matter the risk to themselves and those around them. 


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