Together, we can put an end to teen over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse.
You know what dextromethorphan (DXM) is, that approximately 1 in 30 teens reports abusing (OTC) cough medicine containing DXM to get high, and teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to abuse drugs. Now we need your help to spread the word to other parents and people in your community to raise awareness about OTC cough medicine abuse. Whether it is talking to a friend or attending an event in your community, every little bit counts.
There are a lot of things you can do to spread awareness:
Steps You Can Take Right Now
Check your shelf.
Do you know how much OTC cough medicine is in your cabinet? Take inventory regularly so you can notice if large amounts go missing when no one is sick.Learn more
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A helpful guide for parents featuring warning signs and prevention tips.
More than 100 medicines contain DXM. This is a list of some of the most common ones.
Taking inventory of your medicine cabinet regularly will help you spot warning signs of medicine abuse.
Next time you’re shopping for over-the-counter cough medicine, see if you can spot this icon.
Some of the common slang terms teens use to discreetly talk about abusing over-the-counter cough medicine.
Putting into perspective the amount of cough medicine some teens consume to get high.
Missing cough medicine and empty bottles or packaging when no one is sick could be sign that your teen is abusing it.
Spot the differences between these scenes, one shows warning signs of medicine abuse.
Cough medicine abuse slang terms you should know.
The amount of teens who have abused OTC cough medicine to get high is higher than you may think.