|[December 19, 2012]
National Survey Finds Less Than 5 Percent of Teens Abuse OTC Cough Medicine
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) President and CEO Scott
Melville issued the following statement regarding the 2012 National
Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA's) Monitoring the Future survey findings
on teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine containing
dextromethorphan (DXM). Abuse of dextromethorphan was reported to be 3
percent among eighth graders, 4.7 percent among tenth graders, and 5.6
percent among twelfth graders, bringing the overall average to under 5
"The percentage of teens who report abusing OTC cough medicine has held
steady around 5 percent over the last five years. The results of this
year's Monitoring the Future survey do indicate there may besome
decline, and our StopMedicineAbuse
campaign remains committed to increasing parental awareness about this
troubling teen behavior," Melville said.
"Abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines often flies under parents'
radars, which is why the makers of these medicines will forge ahead in
our efforts to educate parents about this abuse and encourage them to
monitor their medicines and to talk to their teens about dangers of
abusing all medicines, including OTC cough medicine.
"This year we also partnered with the Partnership at Drugfree.org to
launch an unprecedented social media campaign to influence teens
directly. Using YouTube (News - Alert) videos and a Facebook app, the campaign reaches
teens who are likely triers looking for information on how to abuse DXM
and conveys the health risks and social disapproval associated with OTC
cough medicine abuse. In the first five months, our content has been
viewed over 750,000 times and shared over 32,000 times.
"We will continue to work with the experts at the Partnership at
Drugfree.org and our additional partners who reach teens and parents,
including the National Association of School Nurses, the Community
Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and D.A.R.E. America so that we can all
work together to prevent this abuse and keep teens safe."
For more information on preventing teen cough medicine abuse, including
free brochures, visit StopMedicineAbuse.org.
CHPA is the 131-year-old-trade association representing U.S.
manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and dietary
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