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What You Need to Know About OTC Drugs

Frequently misused and abused drugs that are often forgotten about are over-the-counter medications.  Over-the-counter medications do not require a prescription and include cold, allergy and cough medications that we are able purchase from any pharmacy.**  Some over-the-counter medications do have the potential for misuse when taken at a higher than recommended dose, when taken to get high, or when mixed with other medications or drugs.

What over-the-counter medications should you be aware and wary of?  The most commonly misused ones are Dextromethorphan (DXM) and Loperamide. 

The Shocking Trend in Alcohol Use

With a heavy focus being placed on the opioid epidemic, it is important that we don’t forget about or disregard the other substances that impact the health and wellbeing of our youth.  One such substance is alcohol.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse funds an annual Monitoring the Future Survey that measures drug and alcohol use and views in our 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, and last year’s results were shocking. 

Getting Involved: Red Ribbon Week

Some of you may have heard about Red Ribbon Week through your children’s schools, or perhaps you’ve participated in a Red Ribbon Week campaign yourself.  Either way, here is everything that you need to know about Red Ribbon Week 2018.


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