The younger generations are always praised as being creative and inventive, but sometimes that energy is channeled in less than positive ways.

Most parents don’t immediately think about drugs being stashed in the teen’s bedroom when they check on them, but there could be a host of hidden stashes.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Together for Jackson County Kids held presentations during the fair with a mock bedroom to show just what sort of things could be in a teen’s bedroom.

Everything from hats to power cords have the potential to be turned into a hidden stash for teenagers.

The problem that detective Adam Olson pointed out is that some of these items are easily purchased legally at smoke shops.

A lot of the items are also built to look unassuming like bottles or cans with false bottoms that are indistinguishable from regular cans.

In the small mock room alone, there were about 20 different items that were potential hiding spots and many of the parents who looked could only spot a handful.

One of the most surprising items were hats specifically designed with pouches for hiding drugs.

The presentation detailed some of the different items and phrases commonly associated with drug use, along with the symptoms of using a particular drug.

The newest drug that Olson talked about seeing is oils or dabs that are an extremely concentrated form of THC, which is found in marijuana.

He said these dabs can be exponentially more potent than regular smoking marijuana and can be even more dangerous to make.

Olson said law enforcement only started to know about them after accidents happened like large fires or explosions and they were finding people with brown, glass-like shards in their bodies that they later discovered was the concentrated THC.

The Hiding in Plain Sight demonstrations hoped to educate the parents and guardians about what could be in their child’s bedrooms.

They also stressed that what they had in the mock bedroom was only a small sample of the hiding devices that are for sale.

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Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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