Annual Monitoring the Future Survey on Drug Abuse Shows Decline in OTC Cough Medicine Abuse
Industry to continue its multi-pronged effort to raise awareness of dangers
“The OTC medicine industry looks to the Monitoring the Future survey every year to help us understand teen behaviors towards substance abuse, including medications. This year’s survey offers very promising news about the efforts of the leading makers of OTC cough medicines to discourage abuse, noting that the annual rates of prevalence have decreased among 8th and 12th graders and show no increase among 10th graders. According to this year’s survey, 3.6, 5.3, and 5.5 percent of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, respectively, reported abusing OTC cough medicines to get high. We are encouraged by this progress but remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce the number of teens abusing these medicines to get high.
“CHPA and the leading makers of OTC cough medicines, along with our partners and experts in the substance abuse field, are engaged in a multi-pronged public health education campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of medicine abuse. The association’s initiatives include educational programming for parents, schools, pharmacists and retailers, law enforcement, health professionals, community leaders, and online.
“A crucial element of our work is the partners who stand with us, including the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and
“While we will continue to do all we can to ensure that this abuse is stopped, there is no substitute for parents and the influence they have over their kids. The leading makers of OTC cough medicines recommend parents:
- Educate themselves about the problem of medicine abuse.
- Talk to their teens about substance abuse, including cough medicine abuse.
- Safeguard and take a regular inventory of home medicine cabinets.
- Monitor their teen’s Internet use for sites that offer information supporting the inappropriate use or abuse of medicines.
- Seek the help of a professional if they think their child has a substance abuse problem.”
CHPA is the 127-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements. For more information about CHPA’s cough medicine abuse awareness initiatives, visit www.StopMedicineAbuse.org.
SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association