Home to Homeroom - Medicine Abuse

This educational program teams parents with school nurses to prevent and address teen cough medicine abuse

Multiple national surveys point to the disturbing abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, like OTC cough medicine, among today's teens. Four percent of teens in grades 8, 10, and 12 admit to having abused cough medicine containing dextromethorphan, or DXM, to get high in the past year.  Roughly one in three high school teens say they know someone who has abused cough medicine.

The National Association of School Nurses partners with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to provide school nurses and parents with tools to help address teen medicine abuse.

School nurse materials are indexed below.

For more information on OTC cough medicine abuse, go to StopMedicineAbuse.org.

School Nurse Materials:

  • PowerPoint Presentation: a helpful tool that school nurses can use to educate parents about OTC cough medicine abuse
    Download Presentation

  • Template Letter to Parents: alert parents in your school about this growing issue
    Download Letter

  • Home to Homeroom Poster:  post the flyer in a high-traffic area such as the school nurse's office, hallway, or cafeteria
    Download Poster

Page last updated April 2014.