For the third year in a row, the partnership for a Drug-Free America finds that teens are getting high right under their parents' noses. Teens are abusing prescriptions and cough medicines more than crack, cocaine, ecstasy, meth, LSD, and heroin.
Nearly one in five admit abusing prescriptions. One in ten say they've gotten high on over the counter cough medicine, taken from their parents' medicine cabinets or from friends and the Internet.
"You can buy dextromathoraphan, which is the active ingredient in cough medicine, online. And it's in its raw, powdered form. And then kids are using that to get high," said Dr. Linda Suydam of Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
Dr. Suydam says that's why doctors, medicine manufacturers, and anti-drug advocates are rolling out new web sites and TV ads to highlight the problem and to convince teens that what's in the medicine cabinet can be deadly when not used properly. Encouraging parents to check what their kids are doing on-line and keep a careful watch of what medicines are at home.