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Local parents given a lesson on spotting opioid abuse among kids

Parents are getting a lesson on how to spot signs of drug abuse within their homes.

Parents are getting a lesson on how to spot signs of drug abuse within their homes.

Upper Arlington High School put together a demonstration so parents would know what to look for if they feel the need to search their kids room. Police say never be afraid to do it.

As these parents rummage through a make-believe teens' bedroom, they're finding disturbing things like beer can concealed by a fake soda sleeve. What appears to be a can of WD-40 has a false bottom.

Kelley Swiney and Debbie Culp have children in the Upper Arlington District. They're on a mission to stay on top of every aspect of their kids’ lives, including regular talks about the dangers of drugs.

“Ask them questions. allow them to be part of the conversation, so they don't feel it's you just dictating to them," Culp said.

Gaining trust, being non-judgmental and willing to ask tough questions. Statistics show when you talk to your kids about drugs, you can cut their risk of abuse in half.

For more information about the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, click here.