Teen Drug Use: OTC (Over the Counter) Medicines and your Teens

Parenting teens.  Is there a job more challenging today?

From text lingo that can make you blush, to sex language that turns your stomach, there is no denying it – raising teenagers in today’s techno and substance abuse generation is a struggle to keep up with.

Who would have thought that today’s medicine cabinet could potentially be a danger zone?

Cough medicine abuse is a situation of ‘good medicines, bad behavior.’ The fact of the matter is that teen cough medicine abuse does not happen by accident; it involves intentionally taking large amounts of medication to get high. The ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines that teens are abusing is dextromethorphan, or DXM. While DXM-containing medicines are safe and effective when used as directed, they can be dangerous when abused in large amounts.

The makers of OTC cough medicines containing DXM have introduced an educational icon on their medicines’ packages. The icon helps raise awareness about the teen abuse of cough medicines and provides the StopMedicineAbuse.org website as a resource for more information. It also provides a great conversation starter with your teens about cough medicine abuse.

StopMedicineAbuse.org created Home to Homeroom Digest with valuable information about what today’s teenagers are using and how to help prevent drug abuse.  Education is the key to prevention and this website is full of priceless articles, tips and resources to help you be an educated parent.

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