Special Services Division
Special Services | Drug Hotline: (770) 288-6272
The Special Services Division has merged with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force (F.C.D.T.F.). They are responsible for the enforcement of applicable laws pertaining to narcotics and dangerous drugs, the latent investigations of organized crime groups and criminal enterprises engaged in narcotics trafficking, illegal gambling, prostitution, pornography, regulation of alcoholic beverage laws and escort services. Members from the unit work with various agencies including the DEA, GBI and US Marshal’s Office.
If you suspect or know of criminal activity
in your community, please call our Drug Hotline at 770-288-6272 or you can submit a tip online by visiting www.FCDTF.com
You may remain anonymous.
Signs & Symptoms of Drug Use
If a person shows any of the following
symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using
drugs. The presence of some of these behaviors could be the
product of stress. Others may be symptoms of depression or
a host of other problems. Whatever the cause, they may warrant
attention, especially if they persist or if they occur in
a cluster. A mental health professional or a caring and concerned
adult may help a person successfully overcome a crisis and
develop more effective coping skills, often preventing further
It is important to watch for any
significant changes in the person’s physical appearance,
personality, attitude or behavior.
- Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in
eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.
- Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.
- Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness.
- Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual;
- Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.
- Puffy face, blushing or paleness.
- Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.
- Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.
- Runny nose; hacking cough.
- Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.
- Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating.
- Tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable
- Changes in friends; new hang-outs; sudden avoidance of
old crowd; doesn't want to talk about new friends; friends
are known drug users.
- Change in activities or hobbies.
- Drop in grades at school or performance at wor
- Change in habits at home; loss of interest in family
and family activities.
- Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.
- General lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, "I
don't care" attitude.
- Sudden oversensitivity, temper tantrums, or resentful
- Moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.
- Silliness or giddiness.
- Excessive need for privacy; unreachable.
- Secretive or suspicious behavior.
- Car accidents.
- Chronic dishonesty.
- Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items.
- Change in personal grooming habits.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Always remember that any one of the
above signs may not be enough to indicate substance abuse
but should be enough to suggest that there may be a problem.
There are several other signs and symptoms that relate more
specifically to the mental and physiological effects of substance
Drug Specific Signs and Symptoms:
- Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes; loud talking
and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; a sweet
burnt scent; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or
- Alcohol: Clumsiness; difficulty walking;
slurred speech; sleepiness; poor judgment; dilated pupils;
possession of a false ID card.
- Depressants: (including barbiturates
and tranquilizers) Seems drunk as if from alcohol but without
the associated odor of alcohol; difficulty concentrating;
clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness; and
- Stimulants: Hyperactivity; euphoria;
irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression
or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods
of time without eating or sleeping; dilated pupils; weight
loss; dry mouth and nose.
- Inhalants: (Glues, aerosols, and vapors
) Watery eyes; impaired vision, memory and thought; secretions
from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches
and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor
muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability;
an unusual number of spray cans in the trash.
- Hallucinogens: Dilated pupils; bizarre
and irrational behavior including paranoia, aggression,
hallucinations; mood swings; detachment from people; absorption
with self or other objects, slurred speech; confusion
- Heroin: Needle marks; sleeping at unusual
times; sweating; vomiting; coughing and sniffling; twitching;
loss of appetite; contracted pupils; no response of pupils
- Tobacco/Nicotine: Smell of tobacco; stained
fingers or teeth.