Five Moms Call on Hispanic Community to Take a Stand Against Cough...

Five Moms Call on Hispanic Community to Take a Stand Against Cough Medicine Abuse

Grassroots campaign offers new online features to help Spanish-speaking parents fight teen medicine abuse


WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Five moms from across the country, who have spent the past year trying to educate parents about the dangers of teen cough medicine abuse, are calling upon the Hispanic community for help.

The Five Moms campaign, an online grassroots effort developed by the leading makers of cough medicine, is now offering several new online features to help spread the word within Spanish-speaking communities about the dangers of cough medicine abuse.

“As a mother, foster mother, grandmother, and educator, I am committed to raising awareness about teens looking to their family medicine cabinets to get high,” said Five Mom Hilda Morales, a native Spanish-speaker from San Antonio, Texas. “Other members of the Hispanic community need information about this teen substance abuse behavior so we can prevent it.”

The new Five Moms resources include the recently launched Spanish-language “tell-a-friend” feature, available at, which allows site visitors to send a Spanish-language e-mail to their friends and family about teen cough medicine abuse.

Data collected by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America show that one in 10 teens, or 2.4 million young people, reports having abused OTC cough medicine to get high. And young people are sometimes taking 25 to 50 times the recommended dose when abusing these medicines. The Five Moms are calling on the Hispanic community to help address this problem by taking advantage of the resources available on, including new Spanish-language content about the signs of cough medicine abuse and valuable information about what parents can do to prevent this problem in their homes.

“Cough medicine abuse affects all communities,” said Linda A. Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines responsible for creating the campaign. “Our Spanish-language resources now available on are an important step towards expanding our outreach within Hispanic community about this problem. Now it’s up to the parents to help us spread the word.”

For more information about the Five Moms campaign, visit

Five Moms Call on Hispanic Community to Take a Stand Against Cough Medicine Abuse