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Drug Recovery Specialist Shows FOX 29 Where Drugs Hide

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In the past year, we've seen a heroin epidemic hit our suburbs. Major busts have occurred in nearly every area county and at several schools. According to experts, young people start experimenting with drugs as early as age 12. How can a parent spot if their child is up to no good?

Trophies on shelves on the walls, posters of baseball players pinned on the wall, some clothes on the floor and in a closet, a highlighter, Pepsi can, other stuff on the floor including a guitar, these are all stuff you'll find in the bedroom of most teenagers. However, in this room there are several places to hide drugs You have to really know what to look for.

FOX 29 first introduced you to Devin Reaves last October. Devin was addicted to heroin but turned his life around and is now a certified recovery specialist. Devin knows where teenagers hide drugs

"Tight off the bat this Pepsi can sticks out to me now. What you might not know is a lot of times these cans are actually something called diversion safes. This is just a regular can, but if it was a diversion safe, you could screw it open and there would be an empty space in there where a teenager could hide drugs, money and paraphernalia to use drugs"

A highlighter is stationery a lot of teens use for school but Devin says sometimes a highlighter is more than a study aid.

"A lot of times, highlighters can be transformed into a bowl. Now this is just a regular highlighter that you would use in school, but the ones you're talking about is you pull this off, screw it in kind of like this and you put marijuana in and then you would smoke it," he demonstrated. "One thing I want parents to keep an eye for is the smell. If you smell something like tobacco or a marijuana smell, something burnt in your child's room, you're gonna wanna look around because that's a good indicator they are smoking marijuana."

Teens have plenty of more tricks to hide drugs in plain sight. They're very creative.

Deb, who doesn't want us to use her last name to protect the identity of her youngest son. has experienced the heartbreak of addiction as a mom. Her youngest son overdosed and almost died.

"You feel embarrassed you feel as though your child's choices are a reflection of your parenting," Deb said.

Deb says one of the alarming facts of substance abuse is that there is no profile.

"Parents really don't know what's going on and they can't think it's not going to happen to my family; it happens to nice families too," she said.

Devin emphasizes to parents that you have the right to search your teen's room and it's important to know where to look for drugs.

"The thing about the girls' rooms is that they have a totally different setup," explained Devin. "A lot of times girls will have make up boxes. You're gonna wanna check through all of this."

"When you think about a compact bag of cocaine or maybe Molly is very tiny so you could hide that right under that makeup wafer and nobody would ever know," he explained further.

Deb now speaks all over the country to parents about drug awareness in the hopes of helping others

"When it impacts families and they come back and say because of what you said I went home and I found this and I found that and now I need to get my child help," she said. "If I can help someone else avoid the pain I went through…it's a roller coaster of emotion that we didn't buy the ticket for."

Devin says it's important to remember almost any 'hollowed' out space can be used as a hiding place. Other places to look include the battery compartment in an old radio or game, an unused power strip, empty cd cases and even pockets of hung up clothes.

There are resources online to help with adolescent drug use: Caron Treatment Center and Rehab After School.

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