Drug use among teens continues to grow both nationally
News 8's Sarah Thamer is here now with the story.
WAKE UP CALL
The exhibit looks like a typical bedroom.
but it identifies spots where teens may hide drugs.
household items that can be *used as* drugs.
and ways teens may cover it up.
If you walked into this bedroom.
you'd probably assume it belongs to an average teenager.
But if you look *closely* at what's inside.
it's anything but typical.
Alcohol is number one, and then marijuanna, and then
They may not be in the most obvious places, but some
teens are using them in their own bedrooms.
We have drugs that now look like candy, and unless
you are trained in testing those things, as a parent,
just looking at them you're not gonna be able to tell
the difference, and that's just out right scary.
With the help of drug investigators, event organizers
were able to find out about popular drugs some teens
in Wisconsin are using.
And with the help of recovering drug addicts, they
discovered *where* these drugs are being hidden.
There are so many things that are out there, that
are concerning for parents nowadays that the drug
culture is totally different than it was back when
we were growing up.
Drug prevention specialists say having an exhibit
like WAKE UP CALL, helps bring awareness to how new
generations are evolving.
Not every parent has had exposure to drugs or have
been in that environment, and so sometime they're
just naive or just unaware, not informed, and I myself
have been around doing this for about 26 years now
in the government and Ive been exposed to a lot but
there is things that I've learned as well.
We're providing education, we're encouraging parents
to do drug testing to learn how to develop relationships
with their kids and to have those conversations that
are really difficult to have.
Now because the exhibit is only open to adults who
are 21 years of age and older.
we were not able to film specific spots that identified
drugs and alcohol in the bedroom.
Event organizers say there are plans to bring the
exhibit to the La Crosse area sometime in the near
The WAKE UP CALL exhibit is located in Sparta and
will run through the twenty first of October.
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