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01/22/2008 10:17 PM ID: 67854 Permalink   

Cough Syrup: The New High for Teens


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has come out with a new warning: your child might be abusing cough syrup. According to a 2006 survey about 5% of teens and young adults have admitting to using cough syrup to get high.

This is comparable to LSD usage and surpasses methamphetamine use in the same age range. Over 140 cough and cold medicines have the ingredient that is the cause for the high feeling, DMX.

High amounts of DMX can cause blurry vision, slurred speech, disorientation and vomiting. White youth are three times more likely to abuse this than Hispanic youth which come in second and least likely is black youth.

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This isn't in the article but should be stated. As the high from the cough syrup starts to go away many will drink another bottle. This will affect the persons body temp and can result in extreme high fever which itself causes medical problems. Between this and pharm parties parents and caretakers of children need to really watch where their medications are being kept.
  by: TaraB     01/22/2008 10:30 PM     
Seems more like ten years ago then right now. All my friends little brothers friends chase after jimson weed here, claiming it's much easier to get then cough syrup.
  by: splicer   01/22/2008 10:45 PM     
This was the high for me and my friends a decade ago. It's because of the DXM chemical in robitussin and coriciden cough and cold (Little red pills with 3 c's on them). Actually, I think this is the second time I've seen this come up as a "New fad"

oy vee.
  by: mcdumpster   01/22/2008 10:54 PM     
I used to get high on cold medicine when I was younger.

All these problems would be solved if kids had an easy access to something to get them high. I'm pretty sure its safer smoking weed then taking 5 or 6 cold medicine pills or drinking a bottle of cough syrup at once to get high.
  by: greatwarrior1   01/22/2008 11:42 PM     
  what ever happened to  
getting high on weed? Is that not good enough anymore? It is plentiful and cheap. I remember when I was a kid there was a rumor going around that you could get high from mixing aspirin and Coke, the beverage. Or how about smoking banana peels?
  by: John E Angel     01/22/2008 11:57 PM     
I'm pretty sure it's DXM not DMX. I should know...I am a teen afterall. And @john, bananadine only works if taken in conjunction with LSD haha.
  by: koenig32   01/23/2008 12:05 AM     
  recurring fad  
even SouthPark did an episode about it couple seasons ago. and that banana peal thing is not worth the effort.
  by: Calilac     01/23/2008 02:55 AM     
just smoke weed

stupid kids
  by: m.i.a.elite     01/23/2008 03:21 AM     
It is DXM. And I guess that I missed out on all the fun as a kid because we never chugged cough syrup. I know that we are doing a large information push on this and pharm parties right now. Meth usage is reportedly down in our area while the other two are fast rising.
  by: TaraB     01/23/2008 03:33 AM     
  this is old news to me  
i new a guy in the early 90's that drank it like i drank beer.he tried to get me to try it but i stuck to the 3 basics beer,weed and a occasional hit of A.

for him it was the codeine.i watched him down 3 bottles in less than a minute on the way to the N.o.r.m.l.(weed) festival in Atlanta.
  by: kross10c   01/23/2008 03:34 AM     
  hahah m.i.a. beat me there!  
Nobody around here ever cared about cough syrup probably because the weed is strong and cheap ^^

stupid kids indeed!
  by: pas content   01/23/2008 04:57 AM     

  by: lifesucksdie   01/23/2008 06:36 AM     
anyone want a Flamin' Homer?
  by: groomsy     01/23/2008 06:54 AM     
Kids turn to stuff they can get over the counter like cough syrup bc in some places being caught with pot gets you treated like a violent criminal and in some states like north carolina where youre automatically tried as an adult at 16 one slipup could ruin your future by staying on your permanent record. In virginia simple possession is a citation and they allow you to go on your merry way if you sign the ticket and agree to appear in court. in North carolina its automatically a trip to jail in handcuffs to be fingerprinted and photographed and if youre lucky 4 hours later they might let you sign a recognisance bond depending on if the arresting officer or his superiors had enough donuts that day or feel like being pricks. Back when i was in my teens we just went after the robo buzz while smoking pot bc acid was harder to come by :P
  by: arkan351   01/23/2008 08:48 AM     
  Drug of choice  
In my part of the world we have a chronic problem of the youth getting off on petrol sniffing.
  by: acrux   01/23/2008 01:34 PM     
  I must say this.  
Can't we all just get a bong?
  by: darkrom666   01/23/2008 02:22 PM     
  I don't believe you ppl  
All I read in this forum is "Weed is easier to get", "acid wis better" , etc, etc.
Isn't any1 here who is smart enough to know that any type of drug is bad for the body?
I'm a really ashamed to see that the youth here in North America considers weed as a "neccesity"...
  by: Jhax   01/23/2008 04:29 PM     
  by: chaoticvengeance     01/23/2008 06:16 PM     
  Ok well......  
Kids think that way but the label has a disclamer originally made to protect the company that makes it a felony to abuse the medicine and a judge might give a harsher sentence than being caught with weed if he wants... most will because of how easy it is to get it.

and about kids "needing" drugs well i still have some lingering effects of my teenage angst and depression I'm sure deep down we all have a little of it left so it's no wonder kids use drugs to get away from reality. Because the government has never helped the... um... what was I talking about again? crap i need to drink another bottle of nyquil brb...
  by: cafetero   01/23/2008 06:24 PM     
  I wonder...  
If this would do the trick
  by: cafetero   01/23/2008 06:29 PM     
  when i was a child  
i use to be hooked on dimetap. not because it made me feel good. but that grape taste~
  by: foosh84   01/23/2008 06:32 PM     
"Isn't any1 here who is smart enough to know that any type of drug is bad for the body?"
I am assuming that you must mean 'illegal drugs' since there are several million drugs in existence. Unless you can show otherwise, marijuana has not been conclusively shown to cause any permanent damage to a user.
  by: John E Angel     01/23/2008 06:35 PM     
kids aren't that stupid they are not chugging bottles down and its dxm not dmx. There is a way to extract the dxm using simple methods either using very hot water or another method which is a bit harder. If you do enough you could be tripping in other dimensions
  by: scarfox   01/23/2008 09:10 PM     
Yeah! I loved that stuff!

The last episode of "Intervention" had a kid addicted to DXM. Looks like powerful stuff.
  by: barryman9001   01/23/2008 09:22 PM     
What ever next will they darn well try?
  by: captainJane     01/23/2008 09:31 PM     
Its called a Robo trip and its popularity peaked 10 years ago, about the same time as rave culture. Earlier posted said jimson weed is easier to come by, and hes right, thats what they use now days. They took DXM out of robitussin years ago because of this, and actually you can't find it on the shelves of major chains anymore. You can still get dramamine though which is much worse. Its like forcing the affects of sleep deprevation onto yourself and you start to hallucinate.
  by: Tetsuru Uzuki     01/23/2008 11:55 PM     
  Uh Duh  
You people floor me. Why do you worry about ABCD, or whatever it is. and not consider the root cause of substance abuse? Young people often want to try new things. This is natural. You american idiots really should look toward Europe to learn how to handle drug problems. Answer? Drug problems are MEDICAL problems. Boys will be boys. But, addiction is the big bugaboo. You can save yourselves billions of dollars(getting smaller by the day). Just fire all of your 'Drug Police'. Hire 'doctors' at $500/day to treat youthful drug abusers. You can import 'doctors' the same way you imported 'constructiion workers' from mexico. But, you are losing the drug war just as you are losing the terror war. You are a loser. But, keep on keepin' on. Mr.Guninmyshorts drug cop loves his 401k. He also loves kicking down doors of people, hoping to see their womenfolk naked. Rock On Narc Dude!
  by: IWMCB   01/24/2008 12:57 AM     
Just making sure that you don't believe that everyone in the US believes that. IMO our drug war is just about as successful as any other war.

IMO prohibition is contrary to the liberty that our country was founded upon. We found out how bad prohabition was in the 20's, too bad we're unable to learn from our own past.
  by: QuestioningAnswers   01/24/2008 03:16 AM     
  This isnt new  
I use to do this all the time when i was 14 and so did most my friends. I'm 20 now. This has been pretty popular for a while but most places wont sell cough syrup in less your 18 anymore. Taking Cough syrup to get high is fairly safe. It hasn't been shown to cause any brain damage in studies unlike most would have you believe. I'm not suggesting the use of this drug to young people, how ever it I found it to be a very interesting experience, and actually brought me closer to Christianity and God. This drug is nothing like LSD, but can be very spritual. If you're 18 and got nothing to do for a day, I suggest giving it a try.
  by: shoezacks   01/24/2008 07:09 AM     
Now doesnt that ask for some consideration for drug use such as weed and lsd to be not so taboo and the penatlies not too harsh, cough syrup makes you 'trip' because your putting posion in your body. LSD is simply a mold found in unleveled breads, not a poision and weed is just a plant that nayurally produces intoxicating effects, again not a poision. I'd rather have my kid smoke a joint every now and then vs. eating Corecidean that stuff will make you seizure.
  by: juggalotoka   01/24/2008 10:40 PM     
  Ahh the things we do  
Cough medicine, Daytura, licking Cane toads, we will never tire of finding new things to give us a buzz! So now cough medicine is the new gateway drug of choice.Mark my words it will lead to heavier drugs like Heroin, Amphetamines, Alcohol and cigarettes. Lock these druggies up now before they bring society down.

Now pack me a cone I am stressing out
  by: stretchman     01/27/2008 04:47 AM     
"Its called a Robo trip and its popularity peaked 10 years ago, about the same time as rave culture. Earlier posted said jimson weed is easier to come by, and hes right, thats what they use now days."

okay. where to start with your 'answer'?
... 10 years ago? ... nah. try, (and i quote:) 'a 2006 study'

jimson weed being easier to come by? hardly. DXM taken out of robitussin? wrong again, hoss.

a link for ya, tet. how many products on said linked screen do you see containing DXM? i count several.
  by: elijah4twenty     01/28/2008 11:11 PM     
There are kinds of robitussin still on the shelves, none of them have DXM. It might still be produced but the standard DXM Robo is NOT SOLD where I live, it hasn't for some time. I can confirm that Luckys, Walgreens Albertsons, Walmart, and Longs don't carry it. How do I know? OH SNAP I'VE TRIED TO BUY IT TO GET HIGH. They don't carry it;). If you go and look at the labels on the back, you'll find that there is no DXM, and you won't be able to find the classic robitussin. It will be Robitussin Cough and Cold or have some other retarded criteria after robitussin, and it won't have DXM. And jimson weed grows wildly where I live and its easy to come by. And for it being 10 years ago, I know because I was TAKING DXM 10 YEARS AGO. As were all the other 14 year old kids. Is it the same nationally? Who knows, but I'm 100% accurate for my geographical location, and I'd assume that its a corporate policy for those stores listed not to carry DXM.
  by: Tetsuru Uzuki     01/28/2008 11:43 PM     
  Cough Syrup is the least of our worries  
Laugh and joke all you want; but you should wake up to a real issue here. Cough syrup is the least of our problems when I have known too many kids and adults getting perscriptions for oxyCotin. Initially this drug is prescribed for the purpose of a last resort pain reliever. The use is for extremely injured people who cannot get relief from any other drug or therapy and they have no hope of recovery.
This drug is synthetic herion and the abuse is skyrocketing among the youth here. It is the future generation I worry about. The addictions on antidepressents and these type of pain relieving drugs is prevelent all over our country. I have done research with friends and aquaintences and the widespread use is a hushed dirty secret among the medical profession. Why do these doctors prescribe this and other drugs so carelessly, I cannot answer this honestly.
But if you don't know about the oxyCotin, then you all better wake up. This is far more addictive and it is legal when you find the right doctor who will prescribe you the drug without hesitation. When sold, I am told the pill sells for $20-40 each. Because of this expense, when the street price is not attainable they resort to herion which is the same type of high but cheaper.
This is our new generation. Check out yourselves. Ask around...Try the internet...It is one of the most frightening situations our nation faces today.
  by: griggy   01/29/2008 10:59 AM     
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