Teens misuse cough and cold medicines by taking them for the effect they cause on their own, or mixing them together with other OTC medicines to create new products. Below is a chart showing the percentage of teens who misuse cough and cold medicines.
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|Drug||Time Period||8th Graders||10th Graders||12th Graders|
|Cough Medicine (non-prescription)||Past Year||3.20||2.60||2.50|
For the most recent statistics on teen drug use, see results from NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.