Reported by Martha Koloski Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: http://martha.blogs.wkbt.com
Kid #1: I'm trying to see what the whole thing is about. Take a look at some of these videos on you tube. They're of teenagers getting high using over the counter cough medicine containing dextromethorphan, or DXM. Kid #2: I drank a lot of it. It's called robo-tripping. The scary part, most parents don't know that abusing cough syrup is even a problem.
Interview: Lisa Galison-Treitman Mother of 10 year-old
You know what, I haven't been aware of it. And I think I had better get on the computer a little bit more because now that my kids are, I have to be one step ahead of them.
Interview: Laura Hahn Writer, Good Housekeeping
Kids can take up to 50 times the recommended dosage. It can cause hallucinations, which can then potentially damage their brains.
Interview: Shawn Previous DXM user
The first time I tried it, I couldn't even walk. It was bad, and I had problems getting up. But I really liked the feeling. I like the feeling that I wasn't… I didn't feel normal.
Pharmaceutical companies have started adding a warning about potential drug abuse on cough syrup labels. Websites like stopmedicineabuse.com and fivemoms.com suggest parents talk with their kids about cough medicine abuse.
Interview: Steve Pasierb President & CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America