Take a video tour of the Hidden in Plain Sight traveling teen bedroom
The SAFE collaborative has created a traveling teen bedroom to help parents learn about how their teens might be using substances, in plain sight. The “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer is typically open for parent tours at events such as sporting activities and parent-teacher conferences. Due to COVID-19, the trailer is not on display publicly this year. However, SAFE collaborative member Corey Hebner, Michigan State Police, recently narrated a tour of the trailer and this video was created to share with parents.
Traveling teen bedroom brings awareness to current drug trends
(2019) SAFE in Northern Michigan is working to educate parents on the emerging substance use trends for teens by creating a replica of a teen’s bedroom that travels to various sites. The trailer, which has been converted to look like a teen’s bedroom, will be parked outside of high schools in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties during parent-teacher conferences with the intent of informing parents about vaping, marijuana, underage drinking and other substance use related items. Local schools have noted an increase in the use of vaping devices by their students. Many parents have reported being unaware of current drug trends and delivery devices.
Susan Pulaski, SAFE Coalition project coordinator, said “Because of the danger of vaping, we want parents to be informed of these devices so that they can open the door to a conversation with their teen. Awareness of what devices look like can help to protect their teen.” As parents enter the trailer, they can choose to have a guided tour from a trained SAFE Coalition member or use digital posters to learn about items that can be used for vaping/marijuana or disguising substance use.
Funding for the trailer was made possible by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity and donations of labor and materials from the Home Depot in Petoskey. SAFE will have the trailer at events again in the spring. If you are interested in scheduling a time or event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on the trailer, sponsorship or to schedule a visit with the trailer, call Susan Pulaski at (231) 347-5813.
FACT: 83.6% of Charlevoix County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
FACT: 84.2% of Antrim County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
In the past 30 days, 35.2 percent of Charlevoix County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
In the past 30 days, 23.7percent of Antrim County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
In the past 30 days, 24.7 percent of Emmet County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
FACT: 89.1% of Emmet County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)