a friend has found some powder-like/crystal substance in her child's bedroom that she is suspicious of . How can it be identified by a professional.
It would have to be chemically analyzed at a lab which is very expensive. Your friend is better off confronting the child and asking them what the heck it is! Most drugs in powder form are illicit and often this kind of use is accompanied by broken pen parts, small pieces of foil with burned areas (or spoons) and hypodermic devices depending if they are smoking it or injecting it or snorting it. Heroin is a very big problem right now among some young people in certain areas. It used to be more of a urban drug but it has made it way to use by children of affluent parents too. If she only found powder and no other signs of use, it may be something as simple as a workout protein powder. One thing they may want to try is to taste just a very very small portion. Just a tiny infinitesimal amount on the tip of the finger-just a few flakes(she doesnt want to drug herself after all). If it tastes like a chemical (very bitter) or numbs her tongue, then it is a most likely drug of some kind, if it is flavored, like vanilla, it may just be a protein powder supplement or such especially if the child is athletic or works out. Protein powder supplements are big with young boys and men who are trying to build muscle. She/he has every right to be worried and should try to find out what it is and even if it turns out to be something benign like protein powder, there is never a bad time to open a discussion about avoiding drug use!
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