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CADCA and Leading Makers of OTC Medicines Call Communities to Action During National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
Date:10/20/2011

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the nation's leading substance abuse prevention organization representing over 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the country, and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), which represents the leading makers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, have joined forces to honor their annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of youth prescription and OTC medicine abuse.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution last month that named October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. The joint CADCA and CHPA campaign features a coordinated and concentrated effort to educate parents and youth of the potential dangers associated with prescription and OTC medicine abuse.

"As we work toward curbing teen cough medicine abuse, education and community engagement continue to be our most valuable tools," said CHPA President and CEO Scott M. Melville. "National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month offers us the opportunity to provide additional resources to communities interested in raising awareness among parents and teens about the dangers of abusing cough medicine. Additionally, the leading makers of OTC cough medicines and our partners realize that as we tackle this issue head-on our efforts would be bolstered with federal legislative initiatives that would give parents further tools to address this type of abuse."

These initiatives include a federal ban on sales of OTC cough medicines to teens under the age of 18 and a federal restriction against the sale of the raw, unfinished form of dextromethorphan to anyone other than an entity registered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that medicine abuse is our nation's fastest-growing drug problem. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2010, 2.4 milli
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