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"High in Plain Sight" highlights drug trends in Marathon County

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -

Trends in drug use among teens are changing, and drug experts kicked off "High in Plain Sight" training Tuesday to help educate the community on what those changes are.

"From methamphetamine, which we're seeing a significant rise in, to heroin use, to other pills and painkillers," said Jermaine Galloway of Boise, Idaho.,, who goes around the country talking about drug use.

The training tackles local drug trends, especially those popular among teens.

Training like this really helps to raise awareness and helps the community to be able to identify early that there may be a potential for drug use, said Melissa Moore of the Drug Free Communities Program.

Experts said drugs and alcohol are often hidden in plain sight -- in seemingly everyday objects.

“There's a lot of the hidden stash compartments that you would just think is a soda can or a water bottle and even deodorant sticks," said Ashley Normington, one of 60 people signed up for the training. "It's got a hidden compartment in it that can hide drugs or anything else kids want to hide from their parents.”

It's not just stashing drugs or alcohol that parents should be concerned about.

“It could be concealing containers. It could be the increased use of marijuana concentrates or dabbing. It could be the increased use of methamphetamine, and we really never know," Moore said.

Added Galloway, “Drugs are stronger. They're more dangerous. There's not just a drug out there that's just perfectly safe. I mean, any drug at an abused level is not safe.”

Participants said they're learning it's possible to help teens steer clear of substance abuse.

“Just be present in your kids' lives. That's one of the biggest things," Normington said. "There's a point where, yeah you can give them some privacy, but it's your business to know what they're up to."

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