Bronxville parents get tips on how to spot drug paraphernalia hiding in plain sight
Parents attended a demonstration Thursday in Bronxville to get an inside look at how to spot the key signs that a child is hiding drug paraphernalia in plain sight.
The demonstration showed a replica of a bedroom but hidden in plain sight were about 50 places where kids can stash alcohol and drugs.
"There are items that you may find that look exactly just like a watch and it works, and what it is -- is you open it and it's a grinder, " says Lillian Neuman, director of communications outreach for the Maxwell Institute.
Experts say some parents don't know what a vape pen looks like and don't know what to look for in their kids' rooms.
"When we talk to parents, they don't know what a vape pen even looks like, they don't know what to look for. They're seeing things they don't even realize what they're for and so this is really important to get parents educated to start seeing what's going on with their kids," says Karen Goldman-Hertz, director of the Maxwell Institute.
Neuman says that most people in rehab start with alcohol, marijuana and nicotine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a single year in 2021.
That's why the experts say parents are encouraged to know the power of their position between reasoning and influence. They say knowledge is power and urge parents to stay informed.