It's legal and it's deadly and teens are falling victim. They get the drugs at home but now in the homeroom at school an effort to teach a lesson about survival not necessarily just to students.
These medications are likely in your medicine cabinet right now. Great choices when used properly. But ...
It's just one statistic school nurse cam traut tries to drive in to the minds of *parents.* in the home to homeroom campaign health experts say the cold truth is parents ignore the problem of over the counter medicine abuse.
Cam Traut: "To be better equipped and better aware of the issue and the problem and the signs and symptoms and the warning signals I think the better they're gonna be and the safer the kids are going to be in the long run."
Some have died others have ended up in the hospital after they used legal drugs in troubling ways.
Cam Traut: "I have had some students steal cough medicine out of another students backpack. So we have seen that sort of thing in the past so there is a concern there that they're actually looking for this medication to use to get a high off of. It's kind of that drunken feeling. There's also hallucination aspect of it to so it's kind of a euphoric feeling, hallucination, it gives them a buzz, light headedness real good easy feeling."
It's easy to spot the signs of abuse: Empty cough medicine bottles, Internet orders or visits to websites detailing ways to use products with dextromethorphan or DXM to get high.
Cam Traut: "I think it's very important for parents to be aware that this is a growing issue and a growing concern and the more parents can be aware and the more parents can learn more ways to talk to their students."
Kids who have ongoing conversations with their parents about medicine abuse are 50% less likely to abuse. That's the bottom line message -- a little talk goes a long way to saving a life.
To learn more about the Home to Homeroom campaign go to www.stopmedicineabuse.org/home-to-homeroom.
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