Finding Help: What to Do if Your Child is Abusing Cough Medicine

By Becky Posted May 21, 2007 under

You've heard it time and time again. The first step towards ending any type of abuse is recognizing that there is problem. If you believe that your child, or a teenager that you know, is abusing cough medicine, please read about the warning signs of cough medicine abuse. If you suspect or discover that your teen is abusing cough medicine, contact your teen's teachers, guidance counselor, healthcare professional, or school nurse. They are likely to be trained or have knowledge that can help you make the best decision to help your child. You also can call 1.800.662.HELP or visit http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov . Both are treatment information/locator resources sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Another great resource is http://www.timetotalk.org . This site can help guide conversations with your child about substance abuse. Asking for help is never easy, but it is the best way to protect your child.