About Us

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.

About CHPA

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 and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of 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:

Etta Carter
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
1625 Eye Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202.429.9260

Our Partners

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) trains local grassroots groups in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them. Today, CADCA is the nation’s leading drug abuse prevention organization in the nation, representing the interests of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country.

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D.A.R.E. America is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live drug and violence-free lives.

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National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses is a nonprofit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has over 14,000 members and 51 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas. The mission of the NASN is to improve the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance the school nursing practice.

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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids works to help parents prevent, intervene in, or treat drug and alcohol abuse in their children. At drugfree.org, parents can find a wealth of information, tools and opportunities to connect with other parents and caregivers who may have a child struggling with addiction.

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