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Roomful of secrets

Teenagers’ bedrooms are full of places to hide marijuana, methamphetamines, and paraphernalia they don’t want parents to find.

INVESTIGATOR SHERIDAN PABST of the Chippewa Falls Police Department and Wisconsin’s West Central Drug Task Force says some teenagers find innovative ways to conceal drugs. Here are some of the places law enforcement agents have found drugs belonging to teenagers:

• Buried in the soil of potted plants

• Taped to the wall behind posters or inside heating vents

• Stuffed inside books, hidden pockets in clothing, DVD cases, jewelry boxes, highlighter caps, stuffed animals, and the battery compartments of game consoles and alarm clocks

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Methamphetamine use by teenagers is on the rise in the Chippewa Valley, although marijuana remains the most popular drug, according to Pabst.

“A common misconception among teenagers is that marijuana is not harmful and is seen by some as socially acceptable,” he says. “That’s led to a problem with edible THC [the psychoactive component of marijuana], which has resulted in an increase in medical issues among teenagers who consume it.”

Communication is key to keeping teenagers away from drugs.

“Many of the adults I work with who are addicted to drugs began using during their youth,” Pabst says. “Parents should begin speaking with their children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use at a young age.”

WQOW Staff

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