Parents: Would You Recognize This Drug Paraphernalia?

It is vital for parents to understand what unconventional drug paraphernalia looks like so that if you encounter any in your child’s room, you’ll know what you’re seeing. Everyone knows what marijuana pipes and bongs look like, but could you recognize the everyday objects that drug abusers sometimes use?

Today, Test Smartly Labs will give parents some hints about everyday objects that can be used as drug paraphernalia.

Drug Paraphernalia as Everyday Objects

Parents, Be Aware!

Electronic Scales

Electronic scales are commonly used by drug users to help them to weigh out drugs, rather than for their intended purpose of measuring food or letters to determine postage. If you find one among your teen’s belongings, ask your teen about it as it could be a warning flag for potential drug abuse.

Tube Socks

Many parents are astonished to discover that innocent-seeming tube socks can be drug paraphernalia. Tube socks are often used to huff paint. The abuser empties a whole can of spray paint into the sock and breathes the fumes out of it. While tube socks can be fairly common household items, you should be wary if you find them when your teen has purchased them but doesn’t usually wear that style of sock.

Rose in a Glass Tube

At first, this trinket containing a small decorative rose inside seems like just another gas station novelty. But smart parents will know that this product can function as a crack pipe. This pipe can also be used to smoke methamphetamine or heroin.

Baggies

Large amounts of small plastic baggies in your teen’s possession should be a huge warning sign for parents. Many drug sellers and users store their substances in plastic or glassine bags. The presence of these baggies could mean that your teen is involved with drugs, either as a distributor or as a user.

Crushed Soda Cans

Smashed soda cans are often utilized as a pipe for smoking weed, crack, or meth. It’s fairly normal to see an aluminum can in a teen’s room, but if it is crushed and contains traces of being burned, it should be a red flag to parents that it has been used as a makeshift pipe. A crushed soda can may also carry a suspicious odor if it has been used as drug paraphernalia.

Confidential Testing for Teen Drug Use

If you’ve noticed that any of these household objects are being used in an unconventional way, drug testing your teen may be necessary. Test Smartly Labs offers walk-in drug testing services, and we are experienced with teen drug testing.

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOUR TEEN IS EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS, WE PROVIDE ACCURATE AND CONFIDENTIAL DRUG TESTING. CALL (816) 800-9699 OR CONTACT TEST SMARTLY LABS TODAY. YOU CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT ANY OF OUR 5 KANSAS CITY AREA LOCATIONS.

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