The Lehigh County Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Northampton County Drug and Alcohol, and the Center for Humanistic Change, Inc. all came together to put a special room together in a first of its kind activity for the Lehigh Valley.

Inside a mock bedroom set up at Emmaus High School, there are more than 100 hidden items, used to hide drugs or drug paraphernalia.

"It's a little scary, to be honest, with how easily you can hide drugs," says Dad Jason Cruz.

Parents were given a list, and then went on a sort of a scavenger hunt.

Some items, were pretty easy to spot - but some, were pretty eye-opening.

Lisa Wolff, Program Manager at the Center for Humanistic Change holds up a bottle of Aquafina water.

"It looks like a regular water bottle," she says. "There's actually water in it that we put in the top and it pulls open," as she twists it the water bottle splits in two, and a hollow hole in the bottom, surrounded by fake liquid, holds two white packets of a suspicious-looking powder.

"And that would be a place you could hide drugs."

You buy it off Amazon, they tell us - it's marketed as a place to store your valuables.

The county drug and alcohol and awareness groups that came together to create this room asked us not to tell you all the hiding spots, because they don't want to give kids ideas but parents, couldn't believe their eyes.

"I mean there's so many things that I saw that I wouldn't even think they could put stuff inside, says Mom Melissa Rodriguez.

We asked parents about how they felt, searching their own kids rooms.

"I didn't know what to expect and it was kind of awkward," Dad Sharp says, adding "You never want to think that your child or anyone you know is going to be exposed to that, but seeing what's here, it's eye-opening and it grounds you and makes you want to focus on it even more."

Mom Stephanie Smith, had a simple answer:

"I don't care," she says.


"Because I love them, and they'll get over it. They can be mad for a day and then tomorrow they'll make up and they'll realize it's for their own good."

Lisa says one mother they work with who lost her son to drugs, puts it this way:

"Search their backpacks, go through their rooms, rip the car apart. They're gonna be mad at you, really mad, she says, but I'd rather have my son be standing here really mad at me, than having had to have planed his funeral."