Are you worried that a friend, family member, or loved one is using drugs? Do you have a son or daughter who is hiding drugs in their bedroom, the backyard, or even in their school locker?
With drug overdoses claiming over 60,000 lives across America in 2016, you have every reason to be concerned if you have a teen hiding drugs. Here’s what you need to know about searching for hidden drugs, including the most common ‘stash’ spots, where to look first, and what to do if you discover your child hiding drugs.
Are They Hiding Drugs? Here Are Some Common Places To Look
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), some of the most common drug hiding spots in the home include inside the battery compartment of digital alarm clocks, inside the caps of highlighter markers, and even inside heating vents and behind posters.
The DEA also suggests that when searching for hidden drugs you should reach inside of your child’s sneakers since teens have been known to shove small baggies containing drugs up into the toe compartment. Other spots that the DEA recommends looking include candy containers, inside of electronic game consoles and controllers, and even along the seams of your child’s favorite stuffed animal.
While this list from the DEA gives you the basics of where to start looking for drugs that your son or daughter may have stashed somewhere in their bedroom. However, the fact is that your teens have probably already read this list online – that means you’ll have to dig a little deeper to discover the lesser-known places where you should be searching for hidden drugs.
Is Your Teen Hiding Drugs? Secret ‘Stash Spots’ That Might Surprise You
Here at FHE Health, our team of addiction specialists has worked with substance abusers of all ages, including young adults who use everything from marijuana to prescription pills, heroin, and poppers. We know that if you have a child hiding drugs, chances are good they’ll put a lot of effort into making sure their stash isn’t anywhere that you might expect to find it.
Some of the more creative places where you should look if you think you have a son or daughter hiding drugs include any type of bottle – that means shampoo bottles, vitamin bottles, and hair care products since these are commonly found in any young persons’ bedroom, bathroom, or school locker. The same goes for makeup containers like lipstick tubes, deodorant, and body wash as well.
Holes in mattresses, box springs, and pillows also make for popular hiding spots, as do reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. In fact, there’s a number of online companies that sell small safes that are designed to look and feel just like common household items like dictionaries, pop cans, and candy boxes, so if you notice a container that seems a little suspicious, check it out.
If your teen is involved in sports, take a good look in their gym bag. Some drug users store their stash inside of old baseball gloves, stuffed down used sports socks, and yes, even inside of jock straps – this is in an effort to use the ‘gym locker smell’ to conceal the odor of strong-smelling drugs like marijuana.
Where To Search For Hidden Drugs Outside The Home
A teen who is hiding drugs might decide it’s safer to stash their substances somewhere outside the home since this might make it tough for you and the authorities to actually connect your child to the drugs.
Look around your yard for places where drugs could be hidden, such as covered electrical outlets, inside of the recycling bin, or in your garden planters. If you’ve noticed your teen suddenly taking an interest in their childhood playhouse, you should take the time to inspect the area for hidden drugs.
It’s also common for youth who are using drugs to conceal items on their route to and from school in places like parking lots, playgrounds, and neighboring properties.
Don’t Forget To Check The Family Car, Van, or Truck
According to an article in Psychology Today, “cars are one of the most common places for teens to hide drugs“. Even if your child isn’t yet driving, it’s important to be aware of the many secret spaces inside your family car that could easily conceal a baggie of marijuana, a packet of pills, or even a fairly large stash of illegal substances.
Drugs can easily be stuffed between seat cushions or deep inside those storage pouches that are often found on the seatbacks, while your teens can quickly lift up the floor mats, toss something underneath, and cover it back up.
If your teen has some time alone with your vehicle, they may also hide drugs inside of the compartments where the tire jack is stored, below the spare wheel, or they might even lift out the cup holders to create a hidden stash spot. Drugs can also be stuffed inside the engine compartment next to the washer fluid reservoir, or behind the glove box in the area where the cabin air filter can be found.
Need Help? We’re Here For You
Remember, when you’re searching for hidden drugs you should also keep an eye out for drug paraphernalia as well. This can include things like tobacco rolling papers, small scraps of tin foil, empty toilet paper rolls, and ballpoint pens that have had the ink cartridge removed since all of these items can be used to inhale drugs. Things like razor blades, lighters, and rolled-up bills are also red flags that your child is hiding drugs.
And if you’ve found out that your teen is hiding drugs, don’t panic – reach out for help. Drug abuse and addiction is a complex issue that impacts everyone in your family, and the sooner you seek support, the better.
Contact us today by calling us at (844) 299-0618. Our compassionate team of professional drug counselors is standing by to take your call 24/7. We provide science-based, cutting-edge treatment therapies that are designed to effectively treat addiction.