Physical Exam for Adult Drug Abuse

Physical Exam for Adult Drug Abuse

A physical exam is one way your doctor looks for signs of drug abuse or dependence . During your physical exam, your doctor may check for:

  • Nose or lung problems from using cocaine.
  • Needle marks from injecting drugs.
  • Small, "pinpoint" pupils in your eyes.
  • A fast heart rate.
  • Sweating.
  • Slurred speech.
  • A runny nose or watery eyes.
  • Liver problems.
ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Last RevisedJanuary 5, 2012

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