A Cough Medicine High

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Your average cough syrup is used to get rid of that nasty cough. Now for some teens, it's used for getting high. Teens are increasingly abusing everyday cough medicines. It's called robotripping, named after Robitussin.

Jason Smith is a Thomasville resident and he said, "It's shocking because you wouldn't think kids would do it, but kids are smart. This is a new generation, kids are very smart, and they figured it out; if we use this we can get drunk."

Norma Smith is also a Thomasville resident and she said, "It doesn't surprise me because kids, especially teens, will try anything."

Cough syrup is popular because of the ingredient dextromethorphan, or DXM for short. DXM is related to codeine and is found in more than 125 cough medicines. Medical officials say taken in high doses, which is ten teaspoons or more, the drug causes hallucinations.

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows within the past year, more than four percent of eighth graders, five percent of tenth graders, and almost seven percent of twelfth graders use cough medicines to get high. That same study shows fewer teens drinking and smoking.

The use of methamphetamine is down, along with the use of inhalants, showing more teems are hitting their medicine cabinets instead of the streets for a high. Signs of DXM abuse include burred vision, dizziness, excessive sweating, slurred speech, fever, vomiting, and seizures.