CADCA applauds Senators Bob Casey (D–Pa.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for introducing legislation to help prevent and reduce teen cough medicine abuse.
CADCA applauds Senators Bob Casey (D–Pa.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for introducing legislation to help prevent and reduce teen cough medicine abuse. The Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act of 2012, introduced on Wednesday July 11, would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to teens under the age of 18. ??
DXM, which is found in more than 100 cough and cold medicines, has been proven to be a safe and effective cough suppressant when used appropriately. However, the 2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA’s) Monitoring the Future survey found that approximately 5 percent of teens in grades 8-12 report abusing DXM-containing medicines by ingesting large amounts to get "high" – sometimes as much as 25 or more times the recommended dose. ??
"Right now, any 12 or 13-year-old youth can walk into a drug store and purchase 2-3 containers of products containing DXM. Since we know young teens are often the ones who abuse these products, we should try to limit their access. That’s why we applaud Senators Casey and Murkowski for introducing legislation to address this problem," said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. "CADCA-member coalitions throughout the country have been addressing the abuse and misuse of cough medicine for many years as part of their efforts to address both prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse. This legislation helps complement what our members are doing locally throughout the country." ??
For example, the Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth in Pennsylvania has held numerous community events and public meetings to educate the public about both prescription and OTC abuse, and they distributed informational brochures for parents and others about how to prevent teen cough medicine abuse and look for warning signs. ??Since 2006, CADCA has partnered with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to address teen cough medicine abuse nationwide. ??
CADCA offers its members a number of educational resources to address both cough medicine abuse and prescription drug abuse, available at www.cadca.org and www.PreventRxAbuse.org, such as: ??
• A Dose of Prevention Toolkit: Stopping Cough Medicine Abuse Before It Starts ??
• An Informational Video about Cough Medicine Abuse ??
• Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit: From Awareness to Action