Stop Medicine Abuse is a prevention campaign working to alert parents and members of the community about the problem of teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM).
In 2004, national surveys began to track abuse of OTC cough medicine among teens. Experts predicted, “abuse among adolescents most likely will increase, as the drug is relatively easy to obtain and inexpensive. Moreover, adolescents perceive the risk in abuse the drug as low.”
This was a call to action.
To fight the potential rise of teen DXM abuse, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) launched the Five Moms: Stopping Cough Medicine Abuse initiative to raise awareness about teen DXM abuse and offer peer-to-peer guidance on how to prevent it. Following the success of the Five Moms campaign, CHPA created StopMedicineAbuse.org. The Stop Medicine Abuse campaign continues to provide valuable resources on preventing teen medicine abuse, among other risky behaviors.
Founded in 1881, CHPA represents the leading manufacturers of OTC medicines. CHPA and its members are involved in a multi-pronged effort to curb the abuse of OTC cough medicines containing DXM with the help of a host of partners. Included in those other concerned organizations are The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and D.A.R.E. America.
In addition to preventing the abuse of OTC medicines, CHPA and its members also work to provide information on the safe and responsible use of medications through the CHPA Educational Foundation.
For more information on efforts regarding StopMedicineAbuse.org and CHPA’s medicine abuse prevention initiatives, contact:
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
1625 Eye Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006