Millions of young abusing cough medicine
|1/11/2008, 6:42 p.m. EST
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 3.1 million people between the ages of 12-25 have used cough and cold medicine to get high, the government reported Wednesday.
The number of young people who abused over-the-counter cold medicines is comparable to use of LSD and much greater than that for methamphetamine among the age group, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The agency’s 2006 survey on drug abuse and health found that more than 5 percent of teenagers and young adults had misused cough and cold medicines and indicated that these people also had experimented frequently with illicit drugs.