September 05, 2013 —
Today, roughly one out of three teenagers knows someone who has abused over-the-counter cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to get high. Many teens say they abuse this medicine because it is easy to get – they can get it out of their medicine cabinet at home or purchase it themselves.
To help fight teen over-the-counter cough medicine abuse, the Five Moms’ allies U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced bi-partisan legislation in March 2013. The Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act (S. 644) would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter cough medicines containing DXM to anyone under the age of 18.
How can you make a difference in the fight to protect minors from medicine abuse? Submit a pre-drafted letter to your local U.S. Senators urging them to co-sponsor the PACT Act! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family and encourage them to do the same!
Watch Becky’s video and if you have any questions about the legislation, post them in the comments below.