Parenting Teens has always been challenging. With all the technology that has become part of our lives in recent years, it is more difficult than ever as parents have to learn how to deal with completely new problems. However, parenting is also easier, because we have much more in common with our teens than our parents had with us. So it is easier for us to talk with our them, and we need to do so when it comes to the issue of drugs and medicine abuse.
The medicine abuse problem deals with teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM). Here are some facts that you should know:
1. Approximately 1 in 25 teens reports abusing excessive amounts of DXM to get high. One in 3 knows someone who has abused cough medicine to get high. What is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a safe and effective ingredient found in many over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines.
2. When abused, DXM can cause side effects including vomiting, stomach pain, mild distortions of color and sound, hallucinations, and loss of motor control.
Parents can play a huge role in preventing their teens from getting involved in medicine abuse. Because we grew up in the era of sex, drugs and rock and roll, our teens know that we have an understanding of their lives that we never felt that our parents did. So what should you do:
1. Have the conversation with your teen. Data shows that what parents say matters. Teens who learn about the risk of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs.
2. Listen to the language your teens use. DXM is often referred to as skittling, tussin, robo-tripping, CCC, triple Cs, and dexing.
3. Research shows that teens who are validated by their parents are more confident and more resistant to peer pressure which includes medicine abuse.
And this is why the #ToMyTeen campaign was created and you can participate and possibly win and possibly win a $50 Visa card. Go to the #tomyteen website. Scroll down and choose the question you want to answer (you can do them all if you would like). Write it down on a large piece of paper (click on Featured Parents or View the Gallery for examples). Take a picture of you holding the paper and upload it. The goal is to show all the positive aspects of our teens and raising them.
StopMedicineAbuse.org was formed to alert parents about the problem of teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM). It all began with the Five Moms: Stopping Cough Medicine Abuse campaign and grew from there.
Full Disclosure: I was paid to write this post. I was provided with the facts, but any and all opinions are my own.