Spotting signs of teen opioid abuse


NEW YORK, NY (WFXR / FOX News) – Parents have been forced to be vigilant about drug use among teens for decades.

Dean Welch is giving tours of a hypothetical teenager’s bedroom. He is teaching parents how to spot signs of drug use in their home.

The bedroom is inside a trailer at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York. It’s a part of a traveling exhibit sponsored by the prescription abuse leadership initiative aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic.

Welch says to look for physical clues and to start with what appears to be regular trash.

“Now, I know what it is, a police officer knows what this is but a kid could tell a parent hey, that’s a chewing gum wrapper or a band-aid wrapper and if the parent doesn’t know the drug business, that’s exactly what the kid would tell them and they would believe it.”

Dean Welch, Code3

A random shoelace or tie on the bed could be a tourniquet.

All should be warning signs that a child may be doing something they shouldn’t be.

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