Drugs hidden in plain sight

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 22:41:40-04

Your kids may be smarter than you think they are and that isn't always a good thing.

Drug Free Collier and the Collier County Sheriff's Office showed a mock-up of a teen's room, and how they can hide drugs in creative ways.

"A regular light bulb, a bottle cap and a pen, can be modified into a smoking pipe," Drug Free Collier's Carly Gibb showed us.

"We have some tampons, that are not tampons, they are disguised to smuggle, they are called booze tubes," said Gibbs.

Most of the contraband on display was seized by the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say elementary aged students have been caught with some of these drugs.

Kids are buying it at smoke shops, which aren't supposed to sell to anyone under 18, they are also ordering it online.

A former prosecutor says the root of the problem may be us. Monte Stiles says social media and pop culture encourage drug use among teens.

He told a crowd in Naples tonight, adults not acting like adults could determine whether a child takes the right path.

"You can't teach one thing and do another, You have to realize your kids watch you more than listen to you."

Stiles and the people at Drug Free Collier are concerned Florida's ballot measure to legalize marijuana for medical purposes may give kids the idea it's ok to use the drug recreationally.