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Oct 27, 2015 5:43 PM

NH1 News Investigates In Plain Sight: Interactive presentations teach NH parents drug use warning signs

KINGSTON - It's called High and Seek – an interactive presentation where parents can learn how to spot drugs and paraphernalia in their kids’ bedrooms.

The goal, experts say, is to educate parents on the current drug trends, empowering them by raising awareness and by doing so, parents will hopefully have new tools to talk with their kids with.

For parents like Lisa Merry-Carreiro, it’s scary.

Inside the mock bedroom, at least 70 warning signs that teens could be using drugs or drinking, that parents could easily overlook.

“I wouldn't question if it was in my kids' room,” says Merry-Carreiro.

Merry-Carreiro has four kids and two of them are teenagers.

After walking through the room, she told us she saw many things that would normally fly under her radar.

“There's a lot of things that I didn't think would be in places that were in places,” she says.

Melissa Fernald of Safe Surroundings created the mock bedrooms to show parents what to look for so they can talk with their kids.

Fernald says it’s not about teaching parents how to search their kids’ rooms but instead reminding them about the difference between boundaries and respecting their kids’ privacy.

“The whole focus on respecting a child's privacy and so in this day and age, privacy could be life or death,” Fernald says.

Many parents, Feranld said, don't spot the drugs and the paraphernalia because trends change quickly, leaving parents scrambling to understand what to look for.

What parents saw two years ago or even a year ago has evolved into something very different,”

“It is changing so fast and teenagers are getting really good at concealing it,” Fernald said.

Many items are easy for kids to get their hands on at local smoke shops and especially online.

As for Merry-Carreiro, she wants to do the best she can to make sure her kids make the right choices.

“You pray that you're not going to have to deal with that,” she said.

But in case she does, she will know what to look for.

The next event will be on Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Plaistow Community YMCA for anyone 21 years of age and over.

For more on Fernald’s group Safe Surroundings, you can visit its website or their Facebook page.

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