Stashing Their Stash: Common Stash Spots Teenagers Hide Drugs and Alcohol

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No doubt about it, our kids are smart, if not crafty. In some cases, they’re sma\rter and craftier than we as their parents.

While the cunningness in our kids may be something worth joking or even bragging about, once it comes to a potential addiction problem, the humor and boasting suddenly vanishes.

We now become suspicious.

We wonder about drugs. After that, we speculate as to the type of drugs they may be using. Then, as we walk into their room, we become curious as to where our kids might stash their drugs.

Sure, it feels strange walking to the nightstand or dresser with the intent of scouring through their possessions, yet at the same time, such a place may be too obvious – remember, our kids our crafty and smart.

Hiding places for drugs will never be as apparent as a dresser or nightstand. The places kids hide their drugs is almost always less conspicuous. Keep reading to find out some of the more common places for a teenager to stash their drugs.


In an article featured on the website Get Smart About Drugs1 several potential hiding places were discovered in a teen’s bedroom that could conceal drugs. Let’s examine what or where those places are.


Alarm clocks are a necessity in a teen’s bedroom. They are needed, most specifically, to wake our teens up to get ready for school. On the other hand, alarm clocks can also be a hiding place for quantities of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.

If you suspect something, take a closer look at your kid’s alarm clock. Look in the clock’s compartment, where teens can hide small portions of drugs beside the batteries themselves.


Calculators are known to provide hiding spaces for illicit substances much in the same way as alarm clocks. Again, check the battery compartment for smaller quantities of drugs.

If your teen has a tape recorder or a transistor radio, be certain to check these items as well, particularly if your teen rarely uses these items. Old electronics that don’t get much use by your kid, has a better likelihood of becoming a hiding space for drugs.


Every high school student has one more highlighters in their academic ensemble. They’re essential for highlighting points in textbooks and on other documents.

Highlighters can also be a place where a teen hides their drugs. Highlight markers that are thick and round can hold ample amounts of prescription pills and marijuana joints, while more narrow highlighters make for a hiding place for small amounts of cocaine.

Be diligent in checking these items for drugs.


A teen with a vast wardrobe is quite common. After all, between outgrowing their clothes and dressing in whatever the latest styles are, a teen can amass a large closet or drawer-full of items.

If you think your teen is hiding drugs in their clothes, first start with the shoes. Large baggies of drugs can be tucked inside, particularly in the toe area.

For shirts and pants, go through all the pockets.

Be particularly aware of clothing your teen may no longer wear. Clothing that is no longer worn tend to become hiding places for illicit substances.


Does your teen have a sweet tooth? Surely your dental bill from having their cavities filled will tell you that. But if your teen has a potential addiction problem, you might want to look around in their candy stash. What’s there may be more than just candy.

Edible marijuana or illegally obtained prescription pills could be hidden among what a parent might assume are legitimate sweeties. A parent’s best practice in this case is to look at their teen’s wrapped candy or dispensers, such as Pez dispensers.


Yes, it’s true. Even stuffed toys like teddy bears and other animals can hide large amounts of any drug imaginable. All a teen needs to do is cut the stuffed toy open, then stick their substance inside it.

If you suspect your teen has been secreting away drugs inside their stuffed animals, you should first look for any sort of slit or opening on the toy’s body. If the body is safety-pinned closed, be proactive; either find out from your teen what happened to their animal, or find out for yourself what may or may not be inside it.


It’s never easy to confront your child about drug use. What’s worse is the suspicion that your child may be hiding their substances inside items inside their room.

How a parent goes about this is their prerogative; they can either look for hidden drugs in their child’s room with or without the child present.

But the bottom line is the drugs must be found first, and your child, if he or she has an addiction, needs to be dealt with ASAP.

The sooner the problem is detected, the sooner a solution can be realized.

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  1. Hiding Places, Get Smart About Drugs, 2017.

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