Preventing Student Abuse of Over-the-Counter Medicines

Donna Mazyck with Peggy McKibbin, Tammy Walsh

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. Six percent of high school teens admit to having abused cough medicine to get high in the past year and thirty-three percent of high school teens say they know someone who has abused cough medicine. In this segment we provide school nurses and parents with tools to help address teen medicine abuse.

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October 29, 2013
Episode Guests
Peggy McKibbin, is a member of National Association of School Nurses (NASN), with nearly 15 years’ experience as a school nurse, and currently at Polytech High School in Woodside, Delaware. Tammy Walsh is a High School Teacher & Founder: Northport Community Book Club designed to start conversation between parents and teens about the risk of substance abuse. Both are members of the Five Moms:Stopping Cough Medicine Abuse initiative, part of the Stop Medicine Abuse prevention campaign.
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