Teenage Drug Abuse: Robotripping; The Cough Syrup High
Posted Dec 02 2010 11:27am
It is quite common for teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse can be fatal. The adolescent brain is not fully developed and therefore teens lack impulse control.
An example of a drug that is abused by teens AND is easily obtained AND legal is dextromethorphan (also known as tussin) which is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough syrups. It is a cough suppressant and is safe at the recommended doses. However , teenage drug abuse involves literally chugging the dextromethorphan ingesting 20-50 times the recommended dose in order to get the cough syrup high (similar to teenage binge drinking behavior)!
Here’s what parents need to know about dextromethorphan:
1. According to 2008 study, 1/10 American teenagers have dextromethorphan (tussin). Are you shocked?
2. Teens assume it is safe because it is available over-the-counter.
3. The cough syrup high is an out of body experience also known as dissociation. It is similar in its effects to an animal tranquilizer called Ketamine. Hallucinations may occur. Teens use it as a cheap version of the high they can get from Ecstasy or LSD.
4. The cough syrup high is called robotripping. Other terms for the cough syrup high or dextromethorphan are DXM, skittles, Syrup, Tussin, Triple-C, Special K.
5. Fatal overdoses occur when mixed with alcohol, sleep or anti-anxiety mediation, and pain medications. Nyquil and other mixed cold/cough preparations can be very dangerous when taken in high doses.
6. Tussin is addictive if it has been taken for a long period of time.
Parents- wake up to the world of teenage drug abuse and teenage alcoholism! The reality is that most parents are completely shocked when they find out their teen has been “robotripping”. The teens most at risk for seeking a cough syrup high are those with low self esteem, loneliness, and have an alcoholic parent.
It is critical to educate your teens about the dangers of drugs and alcohol including cough syrup and prescription pills such as pain medications. Careful what medications are available at home and lock them up like you would your liquor cabinet.
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