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Just a few of the drug paraphernalia items on display for parents on Monday evening. Just a few of the drug paraphernalia items on display for parents on Monday evening.
SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Some Sylvania parents got a firsthand look the types of devices and drugs kids are using these days on Monday, April 21. For many, it's an eye opening experience.

It was part of a forum in Sylvania, informing parents on what to look out for when it comes to drugs and their kids. From lingo to paraphernalia, parents got a crash course in drugs.

It was just a two hour class, but to the hosts, it's the starting point many parents need.

Instructors showed off highlighters, wireless computer mice, beer cans and more. All are everyday items and all can be used to hide a stash or other drug paraphernalia.

Shawn Bain of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office says it's a sign parents need to take a closer look into their child's life.

"Many of the high school kids can come up and tell us what the items are and then when we lecture to the parents, they have no clue. So we're teaching the parents, the parents have to know what their kids know. Very important," said Bain.

The presentation at Lourdes University was the second in a series of three events hosted by the Sylvania Community Action Team, along with groups from Lourdes and Ottawa Hills. The series is meant to inform parents, but also get them to think outside the box.

"A lot of [people] think, 'not my kid' 'not in my household' 'that's never going to happen' and unfortunately is does happen to many of us," said Sylvania Community Action Team Executive Director Deb Chany.

The two deputies from Franklin County passed around popular and easy to get a hold of drugs for kids today. Drugs like heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills. With it, comes advice.

"Be involved in your kids' life. Ask questions. There's nothing wrong with you going through their room or their car and searching. Be open and honest with them," said Bain.

"Being the mom and dad, you can be the bad guy if that's the way you're looked at, but you're doing it because you love them and you want them to know that you really care," said Chany.

The third part of the series will be held May 1st at the Sylvania Senior Center at 7 p.m.

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