The fact that there is a month for bringing attention to medicine abuse is a kind of scary.
The idea that medicine abuse happens is something many of us don’t think about or have not woken up to. The point of the awareness month is to empower parents to spot the warning signs and help prevent teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM).
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So THAT’S why I’ve been carded when buying cold medication all these years! FACE PALM.
Here’s what every parent needs to know about DXM abuse
- DXM is an ingredient found in most OTC cough medicines. Used appropriately, it is a safe medicine that alleviates coughs.
- Approximately 1 in 30 teens have abused or know someone who has abused cough medicine to get high.
- Taken in excessive doses, DXM has intoxicating, dissociative and psychoactive properties. Teens report taking up to 25 times or more of the recommended dose of cough medicine to get high.
- Side effects from abuse include nausea and vomiting, distortions of color and sound, hallucinations and loss of motor control. When combined with other substances such as drugs and alcohol, it can be lethal.
- Teens who know or have heard of the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs.
October is specifically National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month however it is an on-going task for parents to learn about the facts so that we can teach our teens, or young ones — who will in a few short years be teens about the risks.
See more information and research findings at StopMedicineAbuse.org.