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Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America on New SAMHSA Study On Cough Medicine Abuse
Date:1/11/2008

ers themselves, and we are deeply concerned about the high rates of medicine abuse," said Pasierb. "While teens' use of street drugs is declining, there had been an increase in abuse of medicines they find right in their own home or a friend's home. Our research shows that far too many teens and parents share the perilous misperception that intentionally abusing medications is somehow safer than using illicit street drugs. That is simply not true."

In response to the problem of medicine abuse, the Partnership and many other program partners including the Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA) have launched the following:
-- Additional in-depth direct consumer research to identify the root cause

of why teens are abusing medicines intentionally to get high

-- A dedicated section on the Partnership's Web site focused on educating

against the abuse of cough and cold medicines containing DXM at:

http://www.drugfree.org/Parent/Resources/Cough_Medicine_Abuse

-- Informative brochures available for free in English and Spanish at:

http://www.drugfree.org/Files/Preventing_Teen_Cough_Medicine_Abuse/

-- A national media-based education campaign featuring public service

messages designed to educate parents on the facts and risks their

children face from the intentional abuse of medicines at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2FP3u7OdnY

-- Testimonial videos of real-life teens sharing personal experiences of

cough medicine abuse at:

http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/drugfree/dxm/shannon4_rev2.wvx,


SOURCE Partnership for a Drug-Free America
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