For Pharmacists & Retailers
The retail community plays a large role in helping to curb over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse. Those of you who serve neighborhoods across the country in local pharmacies, supermarkets, and other retail outlets interact with parents each and every day, making you well-positioned to educate them and others in your community about the issue of teen OTC cough medicine abuse and the importance of taking these medicines as directed. You, as a retailer, can make a difference by ordering free educational materials and providing the information with employees at your store location(s).
To help prevent teens from abusing OTC cough medicine containing the active ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM), states across the country have passed laws to prohibit the sale of these medicines to minors. As a retailer, it’s important that you know how to comply with this sales restriction. Reference our fact sheet and other helpful retailer materials to learn what to check before you proceed with checkout. Together, we can help prevent teen OTC cough medicine abuse.
Publications and Brochures
Check Before Checkout: State Specific Handouts at the Register
New Jersey: Download
New York: Download
Informing Parents: Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse: A Parent’s Guide
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and CHPA
Order free brochure (English and Spanish)
Download brochure (English)
Download brochure (Spanish)