Over the counter (OTC) drug abuse is a common problem with teenagers of the 21st century. This statement will send many parents reeling. They have talked to their kids about drugs and alcohol but have inadvertently left out discussing the dangers of using cough medicine as a drug. Because this trend is so new and allusive, many parents are completely unaware. Teenagers across the United State have been admitted to poison centers and drug abuse treatment centers for OTC abuse.
Unfortunately, parents typically only become aware of this issue when their teen is lying in a hospital bed. Stopping OTC abuse is difficult because the signs and symptoms are so allusive. Access is relatively easy because these drugs are common in your own home. A teenager with cold medicine in their bag or car appears to be merely being responsible for treating their cold. These teens are not instantly suspected of drug abuse.
Parents who suspect OTC abuse should watch their teen’s health closely. If they take cold medicine, or other OTC drugs, without exhibiting any symptoms to warrant that drug, they may be using over the counter drugs in inappropriate ways. Approach your teen with respect and love. Tell them how dangerous OTC use is and that you just want them to be safe.