07:03pm Wednesday 18 October 2017

Georgetown Doctor on Frontline of Cough Suppressant Use and Abuse Among Adolescents

On Sept. 14, the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration will examine these issues and determine if further action is needed.

Adolescent medicine physician Kirsten B. Hawkins, MD, MPH, FAAP, has first-hand experience with the harmful effects of DXM abuse in patients. Hawkins recently had a patient test positive for DXM (in a urine test), and has seen DXM abuse among her young patients including a girl who suffered from liver failure after abusing a DXM/Acetaminophen preparation. Hawkins is available to comment on her experiences with DXM in adolescents.

Hawkins is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center and is chief of the Adolescent Medicine Department at Georgetown University Hospital.

For media interviews, please contact Karen Mallet at 215-514-9751 or by email at km463@georgetown.edu

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis — or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.

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CONTACT:

Karen Mallet (media only)
215-514-9751
km463@georgetown.edu


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