Stop Medicine Abuse Resources

While millions of Americans safely rely on over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines to temporarily relieve their cough due to a cold, approximately one out of 30 teens report abusing it to get “high.” Download or order Stop Medicine Abuse materials to learn how to talk with your teen OTC cough medicine abuse.

*materials are available in quantities up to 100. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping. We regret that we cannot ship international orders.


To fight the potential rise of teen dextromethorphan (DXM) use, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) launched the Five Moms: Stopping Cough Medicine Abuse campaign. Following the success of the Five Moms campaign, CHPA created to serve as the online home for Five Moms and provide valuable resources for parents and their communities.

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Guía Para los Padres

Proporciona a los padres información importante para ayudar a evitar que sus hijos adolescentes de abusar de otro modo intencionalmente seguros y eficaces medicamentos de venta libre.

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Conversation Starters for Your Teenager

Figuring out what to say to your teen on some of life’s tougher issues, like medicine abuse, can be challenging. During adolescence these conversations can sometimes result in verbal bouts, rather than calm, informative discussions. Fear not! There are ways to broach these topics with your teenager – the trick is to know the right questions to ask.

Use these conversation starters for opening the dialog with your teenager about serious teen issues, such as drug use or bullying. Remember to ask questions in an open-ended manner to avoid “yes” or “no” answers!

Stay Smart, Don’t Start

This 16-page newspaper supplement aims to help you understand the dangers of abusing over-the-counter cough medicine and prescription drugs. This supplement was developed jointly by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as part of its collective effort to raise awareness and fight medicine abuse.

The Real Truth

Developed with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, this pamphlet explains the dangers of prescription (Rx) and OTC medicine abuse and provides helpful drug-refusal tips and exercises.

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Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse: A Parent’s Guide

Help prevent your teenagers from intentionally misusing otherwise safe and effective over-the-counter medicines. The guide also includes a list of signs that will help recognize if your teen is using drugs, as well tips to prevent your teens from abusing drugs in the first place. Developed with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

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