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Statement From the Consumer Healthcare Products Association(CHPA) on Annual Monitoring the Future Survey on Drug Abuse
Date:12/14/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), regarding today's release of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA's) Monitoring the Future survey:

"Findings released today on this year's Monitoring the Future survey speak to the need for continued efforts to educate and empower parents with the information they need to talk to their teens about medicine abuse. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) believes these findings serve as a reminder of the importance of education and talking to teens about the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse. While we are pleased to see that rates of cough medicine abuse have not increased in the past year, consistency is key in the effort to educate teens about the dangers of medicine abuse. CHPA wants to remind parents to continue to maintain an ongoing dialogue with their teens to prevent the risk of medicine abuse affecting their family. The leading makers of OTC cough medicines will continue their commitment to engage parents and raise awareness about the dangers of the abuse of cough medicines containing the active ingredient, dextromethorphan. The Monitoring the Future study is conducted out of the University of Michigan and is considered one of the preeminent teen substance abuse surveys in the United States.

"Since 2003, CHPA and the leading makers of OTC cough medicines have been engaged in a multi-pronged public health education campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of abusing OTC cough medicines. Teens looking to get high take excessive amounts--sometimes 25 to 50 times the recommended dosage of dextromethorphan. Often, they are abusing cough medicines with other prescription drugs and alcohol. The campaign has grown to include a number of key partners, including the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Community Anti-D
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