⦁ Commonly referred to as “Purple drank”, “Sizzurp” or “Lean”, this popular combination of jolly ranchers, Sprite or Mountain Dew, and cough syrup can have dangerous health effects, including seizures, trouble breathing, and death.
You may have already considered there are ways to hide alcohol, such as vodka in a water bottle. But there are other, less obvious ways to hide alcohol use. Soaking gummy bears in vodka, vanilla flavoring, alcohol based hand sanitizers, or mouthwash are all ways to discreetly ingest alcohol. Soaking tampons in alcohol is another way to get alcohol into your system quickly and discreetly, and you can't smell it on your breath.
Belts: Belts, dress tie, rubber straps, charging cords, and cables can all be used to tie off your arm during injection of a drug.
Hair Brush: Teens are smart and they don’t want to get in trouble. If they are using substances, they are likely trying to hide their drugs and paraphernalia. Stow away products can be used to hide objects or substances. They typically appear as ordinary objects and are readily available in a variety of choices, including cans and bottles, books, hair brushes and more. Some items may even have liquid in them, to be more convincing. Other places that substances may be stored include book bags, gym bags, shoes, rolled socks, the bands of pants or hats, and in the holes or linings of jackets. Substances may also be hidden outside of the bedroom and in shared spaces, such as in gaming systems and cases, taped behind the toilet in the bathroom, or in the car.
Markers: Markers of all variety can be used for huffing. Huffing can have dangerous immediate and long term effects on health such as suffocation, blurred vision, and disorientation.
Rag with Paint
Rags that have paint, residue, or odor may be evidence of huffing. Huffing can have dangerous immediate and long term effects on health such as suffocation, blurred vision, and disorientation.
Plastic bottle caps
Spoons, can bottoms, or even plastic bottle caps can be used to heat heroin, crushed pills, or other drugs, to help dissolve it and shoot it intravenously. Watch for these items, as well as syringe caps, in the trash.
Having large amounts of cash may indicate the buying or selling of substances. Another sign of substance use that may be less obvious is ATM receipts. Is there a significant amount of unexplained withdrawals? If you have access to their phone records, check to see if the date of ATM withdrawals are consistent with the dates from certain phone numbers. If they are using your ATM, set up alerts so that you know when money is withdrawn.
Dryer sheets can be used to blow smoke through in order to mask the smell. Some may try to smoke primarily in the shower, as a way to dissipate the smell with the steam and mask it with hygiene products. Eye drops may also be used to hide blood shot eyes.