Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Weekly Tip - Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Abuse

There has been a problem with over the counter (OTC) medicine abuse for years.  OTC medicine is easy to find and purchase, but moreover, it is many times readily available in your own home.  In recent years, we have seen local cases of OTC medicine abuse where teens have taken large doses of cough syrup or cold pills that contain dextromethorphan (DXM) in attempts to get a quick "high".  It is just as important to speak with your children about OTC abuse as it is to speak with them about all other forms of drug abuse.

In 1987, a group of women established a campaign to help spread awareness to the problem of OTC cough medicine abuse among teens.  The campaign is called Five Moms and they are associated with the website  Visit and the StopMedicineAbuse websites for additional information on the topic of OTC medicine abuse, prevention tips, and more. is another great resource for information on the topic.

Take the time to talk with your kids about not only drug abuse, but OTC medicine abuse as well.

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