New Partnership for a Drug-Free America 20th Annual Study Shows Progress in Teens Recognizing Dangers of OTC Cough Medicine Abuse
Makers of OTC cough medicines committed to continuing multi-pronged effort to raise awareness
“We welcome this new data as a signal that the efforts of the leading makers of over-the-counter cough medicines in past years is making a difference,” remarked
“The relationship between increased perception of risk and lower abuse rates is well known in the prevention community,” said
One troubling result in the study of over 6,500 teens is that a low percentage of teens — just 18 percent — report hearing about cough medicine abuse from their parents. “Parents have a very important role in helping shape their children’s attitudes about drug abuse,” said Suydam. “We are working with our partners to help raise awareness and encourage this parent-teen communication.” Research shows that teens who learn a lot about drugs from their parents are up to half as likely to abuse drugs.
CHPA’s efforts to fight teen cough medicine abuse can be found at www.StopMedicineAbuse.org. The web site provides easy access to downloadable materials for community leaders, free pamphlets for parents in both English and Spanish, resources for additional information on talking to teens about substance abuse issues, the initiative’s recently launched Facebook fan page and award-winning Five Moms Campaign, and much more. “Our member companies are steadfast in their commitment to prevent teen cough medicine abuse. But, we know that our work is far from over.” Suydam continued: “With the help of such partners as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and
About PATS Teens 2008
The 20th annual national study of 6,518 teens in grades 7-12 is nationally projectable with a +/- 1.3 percent margin of error. PATS Teens 2008 was conducted in private, public, and parochial schools for the Partnership by the Roper Public Affairs Division of GfK Custom Research. For more information and the full PATS Teens Report visit www.drugfree.org.
CHPA is the 128-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.
SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association