'Hidden in Plain Sight' exhibit shows parents the signs of drug and alcohol abuse

Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit at FVTC (WLUK/Courtney Ryan)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- A mother, whose daughter died of an overdose, wants to prevent other families from dealing with the same loss.

Bev Kelley-Miller is using a public exhibit to get other parents of teens and pre-teens to be more aware of the signs of drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

"It looks like pen, but instead it's hollowed out, and they can use it to snort. My daughter had hollowed out pens in her make-up bag," explained Kelley-Miller.

Kelley-Miller lost her daughter Megan to a heroin overdose two years ago. she is now trying to help others with an exhibit at Fox Valley Technical College called "Hidden in Plain Sight."

"This looks like sunscreen right? It's actually also a flask," she explained holding the bottle.

The point of the exhibit is to show parents the places kids can hide their drug and alcohol in their bedroom.

Kelley-Miller explained some hiding places can be inside pillows, and stuffed animals.

Bill VanLopik was at the exhibit Monday, he said there were some hiding places the the room that were subtle.

“All these little flasks that you could buy commercially that are designed to hide alcohol or syringes," he explained. "It was just a very powerful experience to see all of those little clues."

Kelley-Miller says before parents look through their kid's rooms for signs of drug or alcohol use, they should also pay close attention to their behavior and changes in their appearance.

"Like constricted pupils, if your kid is skinny, or starts to pick at their face or has the nods, those can be signs," she explained.

The Hidden in Plain Sight Bedroom is open May 1-3 and May 8-10 from 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Kelley-Miller is also sharing her daughter's story at the Heroin Highway Lecture Series. The series runs May 3 and May 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Bordini Center.

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