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CHPA's Five Moms Campaign to Stop Medicine Abuse Welcomes New Mom Tammy Walsh
Date:12/15/2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), announced Tammy Walsh as the newest mom to join its Five Moms campaign to raise awareness of teen cough medicine abuse among parents. Walsh is a mother of two teenage boys and a high school math teacher from Northport, N.Y., with a passion for educating teens on the dangers of substance abuse.

Millions of Americans use medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) – a safe and effective ingredient found in more than 100 over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products – for relief from cough symptoms. However, some teens intentionally abuse large amounts of cough medicine containing DXM – sometimes as much as 25 to 50 times the recommended dose – to get high. According to the 2011 Monitoring the Future report released yesterday, nearly five percent of teens have abused OTC cough medicines to get high over the past year. While overall abuse has leveled off for eighth and tenth graders, it has declined among twelfth graders.

CHPA, which represents the leading makers of OTC medicines, launched the Five Moms campaign in 2007 with the goal of driving parents to action - to educate themselves on medicine abuse, to talk with their children about the risks of such abuse, to safeguard medicines in their homes, and to spread the word to other parents. In the summer of 2011, Five Moms initiated a search to find a new mom to join the campaign. Walsh's nomination statement on why she hoped to become the next Five Mom stood out in a dynamic selection of submissions due to her passion for working with teens and her impressive track record of education and engagement at the local level to address teen substance abuse.

"I've seen firsthand the impact that substance abuse can have on a family and a community," said new Five Mom Tammy Walsh. "Through my involvement with the Fiv
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