What are the signs of Heroin use?

A neatly folded receipt resembling an envelope. A Q-Tip with the cotton bud plucked off. And who doesn’t have some dirt smudges on their doors or light switches? Unless you are aware, many of these seemingly innocent items go unnoticed.

Knowing signs of opiate and heroin abuse could save a life. It could keep a family together. It could be the first step in getting someone, whom you care about, off of a dangerous, deadly course.

Experts suggest that addicts will almost never be far from their drugs.

They want – they need – immediate and direct access. So this changes the perception on what signs to look for. You are not looking for the drugs themselves necessarily. You are looking for theSIGNS of drug use.

The signs are all around us. Knowing them is important to those who care to intervene. This is not about creating paranoia or false alarm. It is about providing information and insight that will help you help the ones you care about.

Recognizing the signs is only part of it, however. Seeing the framework, the pattern and the big picture of these signs over time, transforms the innocent or common action into an invitation for you to take the first step and ask a question.

Watch the video. Review the detailed information on this page about the most common and abstract signs. Go to the Home page on this site and watch that video. All of this information will frame up this crisis that our community faces with information, statistics and awareness. You may be surprised that the opiate and heroin epidemic is very much alive in our community. In your community.

If you do not know someone affected by Heroin, you will.

Let’s Face It! Heroin and opiate abuse is REAL and it is KILLING US.


So now you see some of the signs. You notice a change in behavior, perhaps some physical or environmental cues. Now comes the difficult part: taking action.

Why should you get involved? Is it any of your business? What if you’re wrong?

It can be overwhelming but not if you break it down into manageable steps. First, get more information. Reach out to trained professionals who can help. Call the hotline numbers listed on this website. Share this site with a friend or loved one. You don’t have to assume the whole burden of recovery yourself.

The truth is, you have to act, no matter what. You owe it to the ones you love, to your community and to yourself. Taking no action could be far more devastating.


Early intervention can prevent agony later on – for you and the people you care about.