"Hidden in Plain Sight" to open eyes in Sandwich

Exhibit teaches parents to spot at-risk behavior in their teens
The "Hidden in Plain Sight" display in Sandwich this week will teach parents how common household items can contain hidden dangers. rusticausa/pixabay photo.

The Sandwich Police Department and several other town organizations have banded together to bring "Hidden In Plain Sight" to town. The exhibit is intended to help parents spot at-risk behaviors in their teenagers. The exhibit will be available at the Sandwich Recreation Office at 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road from Thursday to Saturday.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" recreates a teenager's bedroom and tests a parent's knowledge of common household items that could be substance abuse warning signs, according to a Sandwich police release.

Parents interested in participating must pre-register for one of twelve sessions:

  • Thursday, November 12: Session 1 (10am-11am), Session 2 (11am-12pm), Session 3 (12pm-1pm) Session 4 (1pm-2pm)
  • Friday, November 13: Session 5 (4pm-5pm), Session 6 (5pm-6pm), Session 7 (6pm-7pm) Session 8 (7pm-8pm)
  • Saturday, November 14: Session 9 (11am-12pm), Session 10 (12pm-1pm), Session 11 (1pm-2pm) Session 12 (2pm-3pm)

The display, according to the release, is designed to prompt an honest and open discussion about substance abuse and underage drinking. Similar displays have been used around the country to help educate parents about substance abuse and other dangers. Most recently, the "Hidden In Plain Sight" bedroom was on display at the Hanover Mall.

All participants must be 22 or older. Registration is available online at www.sandwichrec.com or at the Sandwich Recreation Office.

This free learning opportunity is presented by the Sandwich Police Department, Sandwich Recreation, Sandwich Waves of Hope from Addiction, Sandwich Substance Abuse Prevention Committee and the Youth Health Connection out of South Shore Hospital.

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