one out of three teenagers knows someone who has abused over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine to get high.
Studies show that abuse of prescription and OTC medicines is a problem
among today’s teens. Teens might abuse OTC cough medicine because it
is affordable and easily available, and teens may believe it is “less
dangerous” than illegal drugs. Today, roughly one out of three teenagers knows someone who has abused OTC cough medicine to get high.
While millions of Americans rely on OTC cough medicines containing the
cough suppressant ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM) for cough relief,
some teens ignore labelling instructions and intentionally take large
amounts of DXM – sometimes more than 25 times the recommended dose of these medicines – to get high. This means some teens ingest multiple packages or bottles of OTC cough medicines.
Learn the side effects and warning signs to make sure OTC cough medicine abuse does not go unnoticed in your home.
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