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  Youths Using Cough Medicine

Mar 07, 2012 09:20 ET

The East Division Youth Team has received information that students are purchasing bottles of Robitussin DM from drug stores and consuming them to get high.

The individuals who are abusing Robitussin DM have reported a heightened sense of perceptual awareness, time varies and visual hallucinations. They also tend to display hyper-excitability, lethargy, ataxia, slurred speech, sweating and hypertension.

The main ingredient is alcohol and dextromethorphan; the later drug is also being abused in tablets and gel capsules.

If taken in excessive amounts – or even at the prescribed amount in some individuals – Robitussin DM can produce feelings of tiredness or relaxation. The effects are similar in some cases to the effects marihuana has on the body.

Parents should be aware of the symptoms and signs of abuse of this drug. Parents can refer to the following website for further information on prescription as well as the effects of drugs.

www.teens.drugabuse.gov.