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HANOVER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) — All too often, the parents of children battling addiction say the disease snuck up on them. But experts say there are signals that point to drug and alcohol abuse and some are so subtle, they’re often overlooked.

FOX25’s Elizabeth Hopkins visited a mall exhibit Wednesday that will prove eye-opening for anyone who has a teenager in their life. And South Shore Hospital, the creators of that exhibit, say it can help to unlock the mystery of the path toward abuse.

At the Hanover Mall, the South Shore Hospital set up a teenager’s bedroom. It could be any teen. And in it are items that a parent my not look twice at including vanilla extract, energy shots, a tennis racket and tennis balls.

It can be difficult to figure out which everyday items are harmless and which are not. Innocent looking dryer sheets could be used as filters for marijuana. Water bottles could be filled with alcohol.

“The most striking thing for me, I think, was how much I didn’t know,” Jeanne Hesketh said.

Hesketh works for the Hanover Mall and she says the exhibit, Hidden in Plain Sight, will run through the month, educating anyone over the age of 21 who has influence over a teenager: parents, teachers, coaches, youth leaders, and more.

“For this particular month-long event we’ll have some of the Hanover police coming through the event as well,” she said.

Hesketh tells us things have changed a lot in  the time since she was a teenager. Now a mom, she wants to know what the experts know.

“This is just a great opportunity to learn about what’s happening in out community. It’s not something pretty that people want to talk about all the time. But it is out there and people should learn about it,” she said.

For more information on this, call Tina Dwyer at 781-624-7458.

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