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Survey of Police and Teachers: Alcohol and Marijuana Most Serious Substance Abuse Facing Teens

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2%Cough//Medicines//Cold Medicines//DXM


1%CMPI's study also shows that alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, cocaine and cigarettes are cited among the top substances posing the most serious problems to teens:% Selecting as Most/2nd Most/3rd Most Serious Problem SubstancePoliceH.S. TeachersAlcohol




75%Prescription drugs










9%OTC cough and cold medicine


8%The survey also reveals that by a margin of two to one, police officers and high school teachers support education efforts as a means to address abuse of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, versus restricted accessibility to consumers.

"Americans expect to be able to buy cough medicines conveniently at the supermarket or their neighborhood corner store," says CMPI Vice President Robert Goldberg, Ph.D.  "Overly restricting access to cough and cold products containing dextromethorphan will create more health problems than it will solve, especially during cold and flu seasons. We need to find common sense solutions and invest more resources in education."  

The entire Teen Substance Abuse survey is available at and the poll was conducted by Fabrizio Ward and Associates.  

About CMPI

The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization that seeks to advance the discussion and development of patient-centered health care.

About The Survey

This survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 200 High School Teachers and 200 Police.  The data was collected August 18-30, 2010.  All interviews were conducted by telephone

SOURCE Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
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