(BEECH GROVE, Ind.) – Your teenager’s bedroom may be exactly what it looks like — or it may be concealing something more sinister. A life-size visual aid on a tour of Marion County is designed to teach you the difference.
The trailer put together by the police group Code Three contains a mockup of a typical teenage bedroom and bathroom. But it’s riddled with indicators of drug abuse learned the hard way. Code Three’s Carrie Padgett says police and paramedics arriving at the scene of an overdose often immediately spot clues to drug use that parents had missed: spots of blood on the bedsheets from shooting up, or shoes in the closet with missing shoelaces. Padgett says they may be missing because they’re being used as tourniquets. And laxatives and anti-diuretics in the medicine cabinet may show an opioid user trying to balance out the constipating effects of his drug habit.
Code Three talked with parents and addicts to create the exhibit and point out hiding places for drugs. The battery compartment of electronic devices can hold a stash. A toothpaste box still in the medicine cabinet when the toothpaste tube is already gone should arouse suspicion. And Padgett says a soda can or water bottle that seems to go with a teenager everywhere may be a realistic-looking fake marketed as a personal safe.
The trailer began its Indiana tour in Beech Grove. It’s scheduled for stops at Indy’s City Market on Wednesday and in Lawrence on Thursday.
Code 3 walks through which items in the medicine cabinet should prompt questions, and why. (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)