While millions of Americans safely rely on over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine to temporarily relieve cough symptoms, approximately 1 in 31 teens reports abusing it to get high.
DID YOU KNOW…
Many parents are aware of the dangers of illicit drugs, but prescription and (OTC) medicines are sometimes overlooked as a source of substance abuse.
According to The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:
DXM ABUSE IS A PROBLEM
Myths about this type of substance abuse and a lack of awareness among parents are barriers to preventing it.
Data collected in 2022 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for its Monitoring the Future study estimates the intentional abuse of OTC cough medicine among 8th, 10th and 12th graders is at 3.2%, 3.9% and 2.4%, respectively.