Vanderburgh Co. Prosecutor's Office hosts exhibit to show signs of child drug abuse

Published: Oct. 5, 2017 at 10:26 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2017 at 7:42 PM CDT
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VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - Warning signs of drug abuse could be in your child's room, but can you spot them? The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office is hosting a special exhibit to help parents.

There are more than 70 items in the bedroom of the exhibit that could mean a child is abusing drugs. They are all things that are "Hidden in Plain View."That is what the exhibit is called.

St. Louis based organization Addiction is Real travels around the country with the display. The goal is to train parents on what to look for. It could be an empty DVD case used to hide drugs or air fresheners used to hide the smell of drugs. All are seemingly innocent items that could hide lethal habits. Habits that are easier to break the earlier they're addressed.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann said, "It's very difficult to treat addiction. It's very difficult to pull somebody out of that. What we're trying to do is we're trying to bring the education component and talk directly to parents about what they should be talking to their children about and what they should be looking for, warning signs."

Pam Greenberg is the director of Addiction is Real. She lost her son to heroin three years ago. She said she wishes she had seen the warning signs.

You can test your knowledge Friday. The exhibit will be open to parents from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Old National Events Plaza. Greenberg said children are never allowed to view the exhibit. Its purpose is to make only parents and teachers aware.

"Most reactions we get are jaw-dropping. They just are outraged. One that you can purchase some of the things that they use to hide drugs, and two that kids are this sneaky. You just don't think that little baby of yours grew up to be this sneaky and will lie," said Greenberg.

Greenberg said talk to your children as young as preschool about making good decisions and friends.

The exhibit points out that being observant is one key component. Talking with your children and watching their behaviors are also crucial.

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