Symptoms to look for

Have you suspected that a fellow pilot is using illicit drugs, or maybe it’s your spouse or significant other? If you can recognise the warning signs, you can get them the professional help they need.

Here’s some typical warning signs:

Physical Symptoms

  • Unusual pupil dilation and/or bloodshot eyes
  • Changes in breath, body, or clothing smell
  • Sinus changes, such as excessive sniffing
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Drastic changes in sleep patterns
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination

Changes in Emotion or Behaviour

  • Change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Appears anxious, fearful or paranoid
  • Changes in attention span, memory, enthusiasm, motivation or concentration
  • A change in the person’s values, beliefs or self-discipline
  • Lethargic or unusually tired
  • Increased risk taking
  • Reclusive.

If you are an illicit drug user, or have concerns about someone else, confidential help is available. See the web site, www.hims.org.nz, for further information.