April 11, 2008 —
A recent edition of The Wichita Eagle included an article about cough medicine abuse. Living fairly close to Wichita as I do, the coverage of this issue in a local paper caught my eye. The article had commentary from Tim Scanlan, a Wichita addiction specialist and an expert in the field of cough medicine abuse. He said one of the most important things in educating kids about any kind of drug abuse is to be honest. When the risks and effects are taken out of context or exaggerated, kids may stop listening or stop thinking there are real risks. As Scanlan said:
"False stories damage the credibility of anti-drug messages. The best thing is to tell the truth."