Parents are getting some help in preventing teen drug abuse. There is proposed federal legislation introduced aptly titled Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act of 2012. The proposed legislation is designed to prevent the abuse of cough medicine by teenagers. The bill seeks to prevent the sale of cough relief products containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM) to anyone under the age of 18.
When passed, the bill will give parents an additional tool to prevent teen use and abuse of medicines containing DXM. D.A.R.E states: “Parents play an important role in preventing cough medicine abuse. Teens who learn about the dangers of drug and medicine abuse from their parents are 50% less likely to abuse drugs and medicines.” So parents, DARE officers, teen mentors and community leaders: be sure to include cough medicine abuse and prescription drug abuse in your conversations with teens.
For more information, contact Missouri D.A.R.E.
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