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Area Parents Get Helpful Tips On Finding Kids’ Secret Stash

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Parents in Chestnut Hill on Tuesday received some eye-opening hints on novel methods kids are using to hide drugs.

“Kids who use drugs are always looking for new ways to stash their supply,” said program presenter Jeff Templeton of the nonprofit SPEAK (Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids, http://www.phillyspeak.org).

How about a magic marker that’s really a pipe?  Or soda cans with screw-off tops, a marijuana grinder that looks like a copper-topped battery, an apparently full water bottle with a false middle, or an electric power strip with a secret compartment on the back? They were some of the devices presented to Home and School Association parents at J. S. Jenks Elementary School in Chestnut Hill.

Parent Danette Moody was taken aback by ways to hide drugs in plain sight.

“I was surprised with the battery,” she said. “I was really surprised with the electrical strip. I would have never thought that.”

Templeton advised parents to have a supportive relationship with their kids — but to keep an eye out as well.

“One can of soda that’s been in one room for two months,” he said. “Go investigate. Check it out. See what’s going on with it.”

Templeton warned parents that many of the devices are readily available on the Internet.

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