Page 1

Coalitions Online Newsletter


Page 1 of 2

Email to a friend!

Print this page

January 10, 2008

New SAMHSA Analysis Highlights Over-the-Counter Cough Medicine Abuse Rates More than 3 million adolescents and young adults have used non-prescription cough and cold medicines to get high at least once in their lifetimes. The level is comparable to LSD, and more than the reported use of methamphetamines, among those aged 12 to 25. That´s according to newly analyzed data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) released today. Overdosing on many cough and cold medications may result in serious life-threatening adverse reactions. Adverse reactions include blurred vision, loss of physical coordination, intense abdominal pain, vomiting, uncontrolled violent muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat, delirium and death. SAMHSA’s data found that the number of 12- to-25-year-olds who reported misuse of non-prescription cough and cold medicines in the past year (1 million) exceeded the number claiming to have used methamphetamines (740,000) and LSD (485,000) in the past year. The number was somewhat lower than the number of young people reporting that they had used the drug Ecstasy (1.5 million) in the past year. In addition, patterns of misuse of non-prescription drugs varied among demographic groups. Females aged 12 to 17 were more likely than their male counterparts to have misused these drugs within the past year (2.3 percent vs. 1.5 percent). But among those aged 18 to 25, more males had misused these drugs in the past year than females (1.8 percent vs. 1.3 percent). Among all persons aged 12 to 25, the rate of past year misuse among whites (2.1 percent) was three times higher than among blacks (0.6 percent) and significantly higher than among Hispanics (1.4 percent). SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D. said while most people are aware of the risks of prescription drug abuse, more attention needs to be paid to the growing dangers of the misuse of over-the-counter cough and cold medications. “The scope and danger posed by these medications requires a broad scale public health campaign–a campaign involving everyone, including the medical community, industry, parents and young people,” he stated. In Feb. 2007, CADCA, in collaboration with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), launched a nationwide campaign to educate the parents, educators, health care professionals, retailers and law enforcement about the dangers of over-thecounter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM). A kit developed by CADCA and CHPA called A Dose of Prevention: Stopping Cough Medicine Abuse Before it Starts provides coalition leaders with strategies that they can implement to prevent

To Sponsor Coalitions Onlin

CADCA Calendar 2/10/2008

National Children of Alcoholic Week


CSAP Community Prevention Day Washington, DC

National Leadership Forum XVIII Washington, DC 2/12/2008

National Leadership Forum XVIII Washington, DC 2/13/2008

National Leadership Forum XVIII Washington, DC 2/14/2008

CADCA Calendar


Coalitions Online Newsletter

Page 2 of 2

cough medicine abuse among children and teens. SAMHSA’s full report on non-prescription cough and cold medication is available at

This Week In Coalitions Online z z z z z z z z

Deadline for Capitol Hill Day Appointment Requests Extended Until Jan. 25 Reserve Your Hotel Room Today to Obtain Discounted Rates Early-Bird Registration for CADCA Forum Extended until Jan. 14 Workshops Scheduled for FY08 Drug Free Communities Grant Program New SAMHSA Analysis Highlights Over-the-Counter Cough Medicine Abuse Rates Forum Speaker Dr. Drew Hosts New Show on VH-1 Webinar Series on Sustainability Concludes on January 17 Grants Available to Reduce Alcohol Abuse in Secondary Schools


Cough and Cold Abuse  

New SAMHSA Analysis Highlights Over-the-Counter Cough Medicine Abuse Rates

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you