Combating Over-the-Counter Medicine and Prescription Drug Abuse in your Community. Contents. Understanding medicine abuse CADCA’s Dose of Prevention community toolkit Tips on raising awareness in your community. Abuse of Rx and OTC Medicines.
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Recent studies indicate that the abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter cough medicines (OTCs) to get high is a concern—particularly among teens.
Been Drunk—Annual Prevalence
Source: Monitoring the Future Study, 2008
Monitoring for the Future (2009)
Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Monitoring the Future is one of the preeminent teen surveys on substance abuse. In 2009, the data show:
37% learned a lot about the risks of drugs from parents in 2008
2008 Partnership for a Drug-Free America annual report
Key Factors Driving Teen Medicine Abuse
Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold
PediaCare cough medicines
Robitussin cough medicines
Sudafed cough medicines
TheraFlu cough medicines
Triaminic cough syrups
Tylenol Cough and Cold medicines
Vicks 44 Cough Relief medicines
Vicks NyQuil and Dayquil medicines*
*certain productsSample of Products with DXM
Leading makers of OTC cough medicine are including this icon on cough medicine packaging in an effort to raise awareness among parents about the dangers of abuse.
Stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting
High blood pressure and rapid heart beat
Numbness of fingers and toes
Drowsiness and dizziness
Fever and headaches
Rashes and itchy skin
Loss of consciousnessThe “Lows”
Many web sites and online communities advocate and promote cough medicine abuse
A Dose of PreventionOnline Toolkit:
“Education is the most effective tool we have to fight substance abuse—including cough medicine abuse—at the community level.”
General Arthur T. Dean
CADCA Chairman and CEO