Drop in Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens Follows Introduction of Campaign

After a targeted campaign designed to reduce teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine was introduced, reported abuse by teens decreased 35 percent, a new study finds. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), which spearheaded the campaign, says while the study doesn’t prove the effort led to the decrease, it suggests it played a role.

“Before 2006, there were anecdotal reports about teens abusing cough medicine, but we were able to track it starting in 2006 when the Monitoring the Future annual survey of teens started asking about cough medicine,” said David Spangler, CHPA Senior Vice President of Policy, and General Counsel & Secretary. In 2010 the Food and Drug Administration announced an advisory committee to study the issue of abuse of cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM), to determine if it should become a controlled substance.

Full story of cough medicine abuse among teens at drugfree.org

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