Dextromethorphan educational icon introduced

In a continuing effort to empower parents with the tools to stop medicine abuse among teens, the leading manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines are adding a new educational icon on the packaging of products containing dextromethorphan. The icon will be on the majority of cough medicines containing dextromethorphan, including brand name and private label products, by the end of 2009. OTC cough medicines containing dextromethorphan can be very dangerous when intentionally abused in extreme amounts to get high. While educational efforts have seemed to curb the rise in dextromethorphan abuse rates among teens, the intentional abuse of cough medicines remains an issue. Data from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America indicate that one in 10 teens reports having abused OTC cough medicines to get high, and 28 percent know someone who has tried it. The educational icon serves as a mini public service announcement, alerting parents to the potential for abuse among teens and to the availability of prevention resources.