ROSELLE, NJ - Are your teen's drug and alcohol-free? Some parents may say, “Oh no, not my child”, but do you know the signs? Do you know what to look for in your teen's room? 

Parents and even Grand Parents in Roselle showed up to see for themselves on Thursday evening how drug savvy they really are, as the experts set up a real live bedroom in the Abraham Clark High School for “Hidden in Plain Sight” a look into a teens room. 

Special Agent Timothy McMahon from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, met with parents and caregivers to give them the facts and signs to look for in their child when it comes to drugs and alcohol use. McMahon also demonstrated the most unexpected hiding places in a teens room, places that most people would never think to look. 

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A bedroom was set up on the stage in the ACHS Auditorium and parents were invited up onto the stage to see if they could “find” the drug hiding places. 

Afterward, McMahon demonstrated how to identify drug paraphernalia, hiding places and other signs that may indicate alcohol or other drug use by a teen. The information left many parents better informed and astonished. 

McMahon also explained the various substance use trends, signs, symptoms, and lingo, to help raise everyone's awareness about substance use and ways to help keep their child healthy and drug-free.

So what do you look for in your kid's room? Where do you look? You may be very surprised! We are posting this presentation in its entirety below for all parents to watch. 


Note: The Borough of Roselle currently has a drug disposal box for residents to dispose of old medications. The box is located in the lobby of the police dept. at Borough Hall. More Information can be found by clicking here

This event was sponsored by the Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition, along with officers from the Roselle Police Dept. HAWC of Union County, Prevention Links, and Roselle Schools. For more information on the Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition, contact Hellen Y. Quesada at 908-868-0489, or email at

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