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.

Last Updated: February 8, 2010

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