24 Nov Cough Medicine Becoming Easy High for Students
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, but a growing problem is revealing itself in over-the-counter medications. A rapidly growing trend among middle school and high school students is to use cough medication to get high.
Empty bottles found in bedrooms give a clear indication that a teen is “robotripping”. This term is used to describe the habit of drinking an entire bottle of cough syrup at once or popping rounds of cough suppressant pills.
According to national data, more than 125 commercial cough remedies in the United States contain the synthetic drug, dextromethorphan (DMX). Similar to morphine, this drug acts as a central nervous system depressant.
DMX is very dangerous if abused, especially when it is mixed with other drugs. If it is taken frequently, it is addictive and many users report that once they are addicted, they have a hard time walking by medicine counters in grocery stores as the craving is so great.
Poison control experts have noted a four-fold increase in abuse cases of over-the-counter cough medication since 2000. The DEA is now monitoring the abuse of DXM and warns that the drug could be added to the Controlled Substances Act if warranted.
One treatment center expert warns that drug addiction can occur with many prescription and over-the-counter medications. It is important for parents to keep track of medications, keep them stored in the medicine cabinet and monitor the behavior of their children.
Addiction to DXM can occur at any age and to anyone, regardless of background. Experts suggest that Internet use among children also be monitored as many sites will offer suggestions on how much DXM to take according to weight to achieve the desired high. A proactive approach really is the best way to prevent this abuse.
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