Did you know that the new legal ‘high’ for teens is over-the-counter cough suppressant? Your teen knows. One in four teens knows someone who has tried cough medicine, commonly called ‘Triple C’s’, to get high. Teens have discovered that they can get high by taking large doses of any OTC medicine containing dextromethorphan also called DXM, DM, cough suppressant or Tuss. Medicines containing dextromethorphan are easy to find, affordable for cash-strapped teens, and perfectly legal. Getting access to the dangerous drug is often as easy as walking into the local drugstore with a few dollars or raiding the family medicine cabinet. Recent research shows that one out of 11 teens from across the country and of all backgrounds has abused cough medicine to get high.
Tips for Raising DrugFree Teens
Parents who are successful in steering their teens away from drugs, carefully monitor their teen’s activities. Parents should ask where their teen is going, what they are doing, and with whom they are spending time. Parents should also keep tabs on their Internet use by using web browser tools and software.
What Parents Can do to Prevent Cough Medicine Abuse
Research shows that parents are a major influence over their teen’s decision about whether to use drugs.Parents should educate themselves, communicate with their teens and carefully safeguard all medications.