Did you know that 1 in 10 teenagers has abused cough medicine? Does that sound ridiculous? It did to me…
But overdosing on cough medicine is happening everywhere… Is your child one of the 2.4 million who has tried it?
“Cough medicine abuse involves taking an extreme amount of cough medicine–bottle after bottle or pills after pills–to get high. The “high” is caused by dextromethorphan (DXM), a common ingredient found in many cough medicines. DXM is a safe and effective ingredient when taken in the correct doses. When abused in large quantities, however, it can produce a number of dangerous side effects.”
“Shedding light on the issue is what the Five Moms campaign is all about. Five Moms is group of parents who are talking about cough medicine abuse. Fivemoms.com provides information about DXM abuse; a guide to talking with your kids about the problem; information on how to recognize the signs of abuse; and, most importantly, tools for telling other parents about the risks.”
Janice talked to Hilda from Five Moms and Mimi from CHPA about how the Five Moms is taking action to help make moms aware of this devastating problem.
The 5 Moms are helping parents realize that sometimes when teens appear to be online doing their homework they may be using the Internet to read or post instructions or stories about their latest DXM “trips”.
If you have a teenager, you MUST visit Fivemoms.com and find out what you need to know.