Parents filed into Lake Central High School's large group instruction room Tuesday to listen to the Wake Up Call presentation, part of the Stairway to Heroin Educational Series.
Sandi Lybert, of Hartland, Wisconsin, led the session, meant to be an "eye-opening experience" for parents. Onstage she set up a bedroom scenario that may look normal at first blush, but actually has more than 20 "red flag" items, according to Lybert.
These include hiding spots and devices children can use or purchase to hide drug paraphernalia, according to Lybert.
"I saw some of these signs in my son's bedroom and had no clue what they really meant," Lybert said.
The presentation and setup is inspired by the story of her son, Tyler, a recovering heroin addict who will be eight years clean this month.
"This bedroom was not put together by a book," Lybert said. "It was put together by experience."
The educational series, which also includes other sessions like Playgrounds to Pills and Deadly Decisions has made its way through schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. The group, which includes Lybert's husband and daughter, gave a presentation Monday at Hobart High School.
Al Gandolfi, Lake Central School Corporation assistant superintendent, reached out to the group to present. It also came in September to present Stairway to Heroin.
"Collectively all of us together can make a difference on drug and alcohol abuse," Gandolfi said. "I was amazed. I've been working in school corporations for many years and I thought I've seen a lot of things, but trends change quickly, and it was enlightening to see all of the items that are out there on the market for kids to purchase."