Friday, January 11, 2008
The Danger of Alcohol and OTC Medications
FACT: Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among young people. (Source: Partnership for a Drug-Free America)
FACT: 65% of the youth who drink alcohol report that they get the alcohol they drink from family and friends. (Source: Substance Abuse: The Nation's Number One Health Problem)
When you consider that many of us rely on Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications as a way to remedy simple and commonplace illnesses without the inconvenience and expense of making an appointment with the doctor. However, it's important to be careful about how these medications interact with alcohol. If you have a medicine cabinet filled with OTC medications in one room of the house, and alcohol in another, you may be unwittingly providing a dangerous environment in which your teen may experiment with combining drugs and alcohol. Please read the brief article linked below to understand what happens when alcohol and OTC medications are combined.
What You Need to Know about OTC Medications and Alcohol