If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs: Physical warning signs of drug abuse While experimenting with drugs doesn’t automatically lead to drug abuse, early use is a risk factor for developing more serious drug abuse and addiction.Risk of drug abuse also increases greatly during times of transition, such as changing schools, moving, or divorce.There must be a serious injury or a risk of serious injury such as a severe burn, a broken bone, the loss of a body part, an internal injury or death.
Handling Disclosures: Disclosure can be a very difficult process for a child.
Children often tell their stories over a period of time. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department.
As soon as you suspect abuse or maltreatment, you must report your concerns by telephone to the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR).
The SCR is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to receive your call.
Your call to the Child Abuse Hotline is confidential.