Who would have thought that cough suppressants and cold medicines would become the new fad drugs for young abusers looking for an easy “high ?” Just because the cough syrups are sold over the counter (“OTC”) without a doctor’s prescription, it does not mean they are without risks. At the Landau Law Shop, we recommend that you protect your teenagers from cough suppressants which contain Dextromethorphan (“Dex”). Dex is the active ingredient in over 120 over the counter cold and cough medicines like Robitussin, Nyquil, Tylenol Cold, etc. (Hence the term “RoboTripping.”)
The numbers are telling. A recent survey found that 8% of teens abused these cough suppressants. The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) reports that this epidemic has lead to a 70% increase in emergency room visits. for the years 2004 through 2008. Over 8,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms as the result of abusing Dex.
Teenagers have been known to take excessive doses of Dex. Often they mix it with another prescription drug or marijuana in order to get high. This dangerous practice is called “Robotripping.” In addition to euphoric highs, the practice has been reported to cause a spike in heart rate, blood pressure and body temperatures and in some cases, death. Care should taken with these medications. Mixing prescription drugs, over the counter medications and illegal substances can lead to tragedy. At Abrams Landau, Ltd., we advise you to protect your family, keep track of the medicines in your household, and be alert for excessive dosages and abuse. In tomorrow’s post, useful information for you and your family regarding cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan.