Where Youth Hide Drugs

Half of these objects are not what they appear to be. Can you tell the real thing from the stash spot?

Where to Look

Kids come up with some crafty places to conceal alcohol, drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Here’s a short list of some possible hiding spots:

• Dresser drawers beneath or between clothes

• Desk drawers

• CD/DVD/Tape/Video cases

• Small boxes – jewelry, pencil, etc.

• Backpacks/duffle bags

• Under a bed

• In a plant, buried in the dirt

• In between books on a bookshelf

• Inside books with pages cut out

• Makeup cases – inside fake lipstick tubes or compacts

• Under a loose plank in floor boards

• Inside over-the-counter medicine containers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.)

• Inside empty candy bags such as M&Ms or Skittles

Let your child know that you are doing it out of concern for his or her health and safety. If you discover that your kid is not drinking or doing drugs, this could be a good time to find out if there's something else that may be on her mind.