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Midwest City police captain explains how to tell if person is high on drugs

Midwest City police Capt. David Huff spoke to a group of Oklahoma Department of Human Services employees about how to identify drugs and what to do if they come across someone who is under the influence of drugs.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: February 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013

Look into their eyes

Huff said one of the quickest ways to tell whether someone is under the influence of drugs is to look into their eyes.

If someone's pupils are dilated, or much larger than normal, then they might have used LSD or MDMA, also known as ecstasy.

Meanwhile, if a person's pupils are constricted, or much smaller than normal, he or she might have taken narcotic analgesics.

The eyes are important to drug recognition experts like Huff because they provide details that a person can't hide. If a person is an addict, he or she might be able to hide some of the physical effects of being high.

“The things we look for in the eyes, they can't be faked,” Huff said. “It's going to happen regardless of whether they want it to or not. People can't control their eyes and say, ‘Do not dilate.'”

Huff said it is best not to directly confront someone suspected of taking drugs.

“If you do see something that looks like a meth lab, and you confront them, the next thing that may come out is a gun,” he said. “Please, please just back out and call us.”

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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