October 23, 2007 —
What should you do if you think your teenager or someone you know is abusing cough medicine? First, familiarize yourself with the potential signs of abuse to know what the warning signs are. Second, learn how to talk with your child about getting help. Lastly, remember that you aren't alone. Talk to other parents in your neighborhood about resources in your community. Consult other adults who may be in your child's life. Teachers, counselors, or school nurses can help you by keeping a watchful eye on your child for any signals that something is wrong and can work with you to find the best way to handle the situation. If you think you need to locate a treatment center or local resources, you can call 800-662-HELP or visit http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov. These resources are sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and can be useful when trying to find professional help.