Throughout the country and right here in Western Massachusetts, teens are finding ways to bring drugs and alcohol into school-related functions in ways that might surprise you.
It's almost the end of the year and there's plenty to celebrate but school officials are cracking down in more ways than one.
Marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin - students are using earlier and earlier and finding new and creative ways to sneak these drugs into school.
"Overtime those ways have evolved and it started with as simple as keep it in your car. Then it's a nip in your purse, and then it's rolled up in a cigarette," said Michael Richard, principal at West Springfield High School.
In some cases students hide paraphernalia in highlighters, lint rollers, contact solution bottles, sometimes even in the form of candy, whatever way they can to get a high.
"I think students have always had an eye on 'how can we get away with what we are trying to accomplish?'" said Officer Mark Hammond who works at the high school. "Any drug can be easy to hide if the young adult wants to hide it."
With the warmer weather, prom and graduation around the corner West Springfield is just one of many communities looking for ways to spread the message about celebrating sober.
"Our goal is to educate parents so that they have open relationships with their kids to the point that they can ask difficult questions to their students and their children feel comfortable answering," Hammond said.
The school district has held a number of drug forums to educate parents on warning signs to look for in their students.
"The eyes always give away a lot. They might be glossy, they might be bloodshot," Hammond said.
They say to keep in constant contact with your student and to not be afraid to check their cars or cell phones.
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