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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

rug Coalitions of America, D.A.R.E. America, and WebMD. In addition to our education agenda, CHPA also advocates for a federal law to prohibit the sale of dextromethorphan-containing cough medicines to those under the age of 18 as an added tool for parents to help prevent teen cough medicine abuse.

"CHPA's work to prevent teen cough medicine abuse is comprehensive, and includes lesson plans for school-aged children, toolkits to spark community involvement, and an online resource at StopMedicineAbuse.org to educate parents and other teen influencers and enlist them to help spread the word. The latest advancement in the overall campaign is the introduction of a new educational icon presented on the packaging of most OTC cough medicines containing dextromethorphan. This icon serves as a mini public service announcement for parents, making them aware of the issue of cough medicine abuse among teens, and pointing them to StopMedicineAbuse.org where they can access the resources they need to talk to their teens about the issue.

"Parents have far more power than they realize to keep their kids drug-free. Teens who learn a lot about the dangers of drug abuse from their parents are up to half as likely to abuse drugs. Even if their teens don't have an issue, parents need to realize that their children live in a world where the issue exists.

"We continue to encourage parents to visit StopMedicineAbuse.org and:

  1. Educate themselves about the problem of medicine abuse among teens.
  2. Share what they learn with other parents in their community.
  3. Talk to their teens about substance abuse, including cough medicine abuse.
  4. Safeguard and take a regular inventory of home medicine cabinets.
  5. Monitor their teen's Internet use for sites that offer information supporting the inappropriate use or abuse of medicines.
  6. Seek the help of a professional if they think their child has a substance abuse problem."
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