Hiding in Plain Sight


In an article published May 9th by CBS LA (CBSLA.com)

Everyday objects that can be found in any teenager’s room can also serve as hiding spots for drugs and alcohol.  Objects like a soda can-turned-stash container, a Rubik’s Cube that opens with the right color combination and a bottle of hairspray with a secret compartment.  Another object that looks and feels real is one resembling an Aquafina water bottle, which when unscrewed, provides a storage container.

stash fire extinguisher safe

Safety First, Right?

“I think they get a kick out of it when their parents don’t know about it, and they’re doing something right in front of them,” said Sandy Logan of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.  Logan is a substance abuse-prevention specialist in the San Fernando Valley.  She says up to 40 percent of the teens she has worked with have used unassuming items to hide their stashes.

It’s something Lori Gonsalves wishes she had known about when her once-healthy, athletic son overdosed on heroin and suffered s
evere and permanent brain damage.  “Standing there as a mom watching your child get the last rites is absolutely heart wrenching,” Gonsalves said.  Gonsalves’ son did survive, but she says there were warning signs of addiction she missed that were right under her nose.  “I noticed one of the serving spoons in my kitchen was gone, and I would find Q-tips in there and I thought, ‘Wow, he’s keeping his ears really clean,’ ” she said.  Some of the deceptive objects can be purchased online, originally intended for people wanting to hide cash or jewelry at home. You can read more of that article here…

Everyday house hold items can be used as “stash” containers, as stated in the article these items can appear to be everything from a soda can of your teen’s favorite drink, or even a stick of deodorant.  These items can easily be purchased for under $40 on most popular online market places.  Here is a video example of a small assortment of these stash containers.

Why are large companies not cracking down on such copyright infringement?  Of course the easy way out of the argument is that these exist to store money or valuables, but as countless videos on youtube show, this is simply not the case. As shown here…

Check out your teen’s room, look around if you have reasonable suspicion, evidence of a severe problem might just be hiding in plain sight.

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