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10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse

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Drugstore medications can be dangerous

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines like painkillers and cold medicines are generally safe when used as intended. But if your teen takes them in large doses to get high, they can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Some young people abuse cough medicines containing dextromethorphan, among other drugs. Get the facts on this disturbing trend.

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Medically Reviewed By: Williams, Robert, MD

Last Annual Review Date: 2012-07-19

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In 2011, 2.7% of 8th graders reported having used over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to get high. For 10th and 12th graders, the number was higher – more than 5%.