We’re hearing a lot of scary stuff these days about crazy new drugs and worst of all, the cheapness and ease of obtaining heroin. More than ever we are scared for our children’s futures when their lives can turn on a dime. What we’re learning is that the new gateway to heavy drug use is through the family medicine cabinet. Both prescription medications and even over-the-counter drugs such as cough medicine are quick, easy highs. You need to know about this.
The following is a guest blog written by Becky Dyer of the Five Moms whose mission is to raise awareness of cough medicine abuse. Becky addresses the questions we all have about how to approach our kids if you suspect they are abusing.
How to Approach Your Teen if You Suspect Cough Medicine Abuse
Our teens have a lot going on. They are juggling classes, extracurricular activities, family and friends, while also trying to figure out their own identities. This balancing act can be a source of anxiety for our teens, which can potentially lead them to engage in risky activities in order to find some stress relief. Such activities, like underage drinking and smoking, are usually at the forefront of parents’ minds when they think about what drugs teens are choosing to experiment with, but cough medicine abuse is not often on the typical parent’s radar. But it should be. Especially considering that one out of 25 teens reports abusing over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine to get high and roughly one out of three teenagers knows someone who has abused cough medicine to get high.