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Hidden in Plain Sight: A special exhibit to help parents spot the signs of youth substance use


  • Natick Mall 1245 Worcester Street Natick, MA, 01760 United States (map)

Would you recognize signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home?

The Hidden In Plain Sight initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom. Specially trained “tour guides” from MetroWest community coalitions will walk participants through the display, providing education about adolescent development and common signs of substance use.

This exhibit encourages parents to communicate with their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. Because a strong parent-teen relationship is the most effective tool to prevent youth substance use.

OPEN SELECT HOURS MAY 9TH-26TH (see schedule below). Exhibit location is on the first floor of the mall, near Sears. Exhibit is open to individuals 21+.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00-4:00 PM

Kick-off celebration Tuesday, May 10th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Open to the public.

For more information, contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.

Sponsored by South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection, BlumShapiro, The Natick Mall, Natick Together for Youth, the Town of Natick, SOAR (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery) Natick, Ashland’s Decisions at Every Turn Coalition, the Framingham Health Department, the Holliston Drug & Alcohol Awareness Coalition, Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention, Medfield Cares About Prevention, SAFE/JAG Coalition, and Wayland Cares.

Earlier Event: April 5
2nd Annual NTY Community Forum