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Hilliard parents, community members get lesson on spotting drug, alcohol use among kids

The Health and Awareness Recovery group and the Hilliard Division of Police partnered up on Wednesday night to show parents how to spot out signs that their child or teen may be doing drugs. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Health and Awareness Recovery group and the Hilliard Division of Police partnered up on Wednesday night to show parents how to spot out signs that their child or teen may be doing drugs.

The community awareness event took place inside Hilliard Bradley High School.

Parents and community members got the chance to walk through a simulated teen bedroom to identify potential warning signs of drug and alcohol use and risky behavior.

The bedroom was setup on a stage inside an auditorium. The room was filled with hidden spots for drugs and alcohol.

Coca Cola cans could be used to hide beer. There are also Campbell's soup cans that have hidden compartments for drugs. HART members said a lot of it can be bought legally in Ohio.

A school resource officer for the district said marijuana is the main drug he finds on students. He said it doesn't happen often, but said kids often used hidden apps on their phones to get drugs.

"I am a school counselor in our district, in Hilliard City Schools, and I see first-hand how families are affected. We want to be a resource. We want to be a place that parents can come without shame to get support and to get connected with resources," said Jill Schlotterer, a member of the HART organization.

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