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If you check out the label on any over the counter medication you will see a long list of side effects. For most people this long list of the horrific sounding possible consequences of overdose may be cause for caution. Ironically, what is a sobering concern for those using the medication legitimately is just the ticket for those seeking to get high cheaply and efficiently.
Every year the gargantuan drug companies come out with new and improved ways to relieve our symptoms and lessen the suffering associated with ill health.

They are the modern day knights in shining armor that provide the panacea for that tickle in the throat that wont let one sleep or the dripping nose that interferes with your important morning presentation.

This is a culture that stands vehemently against suffering of all kinds. The drug companies have more than enough economic resources to research and investigate any or all forms of the magic bullet that will make the pain go away.

 Medication used in moderation can be a blessing but many consider the western world's aversion to anything that interrupts "normal life" to be bordering on unnatural. Seeking the cure for pain and suffering taken to extremes can become a denial of that same pain and suffering. Eventually the graceful undulations of life can become numbed and flattened by the bottles and bottles of symptom relievers in our bathroom cabinets.  

Where some other cultures more graciously understand and embrace the vacillation between well and not well, the ups and downs, Americans are encouraged to run for the pharmacy shelves after experiencing the slightest hint of discomfort.

It is in this climate that children grow into the teenagers that will reach for the easily accessible over the counter drug to dull the pain of life and give them a good feeling that they are unable to find in an un-bottled form.

It is hard to escape the painful irony that the very medications that were developed to solve problems are providing another more serious one, that of over the counter drug addiction. And the players on this particular stage are the teenagers who are particularly susceptible to a drug option that can be easily purchased without prescription and no pusher necessary.

Alarming mythologies surround this particular corner of the drug abuse world. There is the belief that because these medications grace the shelves in the family home and are FDA approved they are less dangerous than their street drug cousins. Taking a slug out of a cough syrup doesn't feel the same as shooting up.

Over the counter drugs come nicely packaged with pictures of smiling children and proud parents on the boxes. It is easy enough for anyone to walk into their local grocery store and purchase any or all of the liquid, tablet or gel forms. For some children there is the ready supply at home.

Unconscious parents may unknowingly keep replenishing supplies of this substance that is both a safe and effective cough suppressant when used correctly and a dangerous dissociative anesthetic when it is not.

The ingredient that causes the high in these particularly popular over the counter drugs is called Dextromethorphan or just DXM. It can be found in 70 to 100 different forms of colds and flu medications and that is without counting the generic forms.

When taken in large doses this dissociative drug will cause distorted perceptions of both sight and sound and pleasant feelings of detachment or separation from the self and the environment.

You will find DXM in common medications like Robitussin, Nyquil, Vicks Formula 44 and Coricidin. Teenagers call DXM  Robo, Triple C's , Dex, Vitamin D and Tussin and they refer to using it as Robo-ing, robo-tripping and skittling.

Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets contain much more potent doses of DXM than other medications; just a few tablets can be swallowed to create the same effects as large quantities of sticky cough syrups.

The youth have learnt to mix this ingredient with drugs and alcohol to create dangerous cocktails that can be lethal enough to cause overdoses or even death. Hospitals report dozens of admissions for drug overdose where DXM is the primary ingredient. The ages of the patients are young: 13 to 16 years.

Although DXM is the most popular over the counter drug choice amongst teens it is not the only one. Many young girls use and abuse diet pills that contain potentially dangerous ingredients. The idea is that the more of these you take the faster you will lose the weight. Dramamine motion sickness pills are also used by teens who want to get high. Taken in large doses they can cause hallucinations.

The truth is that we will not easily rid our world of substances that can be abused by those who wish to do so. As parents it is important to keep our eyes wide open and not believe ourselves to be immune. Burying heads in the sand never worked for ostriches; it doesn't work for parents either. We need to know our children well enough to be able to discern important changes in their behavior and demeanor. These clues may be vitally important for their survival. All children may be susceptible to self destructive habits at some or other time of their lives. We have to be there for them.
 


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wheres my weed?              Reply to this Comment
i need to find better pills. im outa weed. and that sucks. help me! ps- jimbo jackson is my hero ^^^ pss- i love dxm!!! psss- your mom.


No to Drugs              Reply to this Comment
Kids who are viewing this site please I am imploiring you do not listen to Mr. Jimbo the Jackass. I come from where th real "HIGH GRADE WEED" is grown and I have seen what it has done to persons especially youths, so forthose fo you reading this comment Plaese I am begging you stay away from drugs it will only destroy you. take it from me I know cause I have seen.


lies              Reply to this Comment
Drugs aren't screwing kids up, the things that turn kids to drugs are to blame. I've been filling my void with alcohol and motion sickness pills for years, and a I still have a 4.0 gpa in all honors classes, If I had a reason to live I would'nt have to drown my failures of daily life with the sweet nectar ofthe Jack Daniels gods.


drugs<333              Reply to this Comment
drugs may be the road to nowhere but atleast they're the scenic one


Rawr              Reply to this Comment
DXM is a awesome thing to do, but only once or twice, and if you are gonna do it, at least know what your doing (dosage) dont just pop random pills. dont complain about kids saying "I do it all the time!" its fun, just dont get hooked


dmx              Reply to this Comment
My son was just admited to a crices center. He was halucinating, hearing things in his head and tearing the skin from his face. He was up and down in fits of rage. He told me he was taking DMX.He is 23yo.


DMX              Reply to this Comment
When I was in high school the fun thing to do was smoke a bowl or two and sit around and talk. That doesn't seem real dangerous, does it? I'm 33 now and I know a lot of poeple who smoke pot -most of them successful buisness owners. Bottom line,leave the man made chemicals alone - listen to mother nature.


stupid straights              Reply to this Comment
dxm is actually an extremely safe drug.most deaths associated with dxm are actually caused by other ingredients in the mediciene such as psuedo and acetamophein. weed is also a safe high. so stick to drugs that are proven safe. im high off dxm as i write this and also smoke weed. don't believe the lies, research everything yourself!!!


overdose              Reply to this Comment
This is a note for all you idiots. DMX and triple C's are dangerious. when you are high you do not know when to stop. My son overdosed this past weekend. although he did not die, he was very close. he spend 3 days in the hospital recoverying. he is only 16 years old and now will always be considered a drug addict. not something to be proud of. Because he has a loving family and here to support him, he is now on a mission to stop over the counter drug abuse and to make it hard to buy.


WHAT???              Reply to this Comment
Hey kids, do what ever you whant it's your life.


grow up              Reply to this Comment
Danny grow up and learn to spell, it's not whant it's want. Jimbo Jackson your a sick person and so is anyone who promotes any kind of drug use to young people. Stefanie I hope your son is well.


someone help              Reply to this Comment
someone tell me how to kill myself. i hate my life and my life seems to hate me..


alexis im hear to help              Reply to this Comment
first of all your plea for help was heard,now what you want to do is do you own a gun, if not then a rasor blade will work just fine but will be messy if you dont want any on e to clean up your mess then find a rope you know what to do with it....NOW LETS BE REAL WHAT THE F..K ARE YOU THINKING!YOUR LIFE CAN NOT BE AS BAD AS YOU REALY THINK IT IS I MEAN COME ON YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE MOST BEUTIFUILL THING YOU HAVE .LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT YOU DONT HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY BUT YOU PUT YOUR SELF IN A BIND OK,TOMORROW IS A NOTHER DAY,JUST LOOK AT IT THE WAY I LOOK AT LIFE MINE SUCKS TO BUT I STILL HOLD A SMILE AND HAVE FUN WITH IT. JUST THINK THAT TOMARROW SOMETHING OUT OF THE BLUE IS GOING TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER.AND REMEMBER WHEN YOU THINK LIFE IS BAD SOMEONE HAS IT WORSE THEN YOU.SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME BEFORE IT GETS BETTER IT HAS TO GET WORSE,SO WHEN TIMES ARE BAD BE EXPECTING IT TO GET BETTER SOON CUZ I PROMISS YOU THIS "YES I SAID PROMISS"THINGS WILL GET BETTER.SO PLEASE LISTEN TO ME YOU DONT EVEN KNOW ME AND ILL TELL YOU THAT I CARE IF YOU LIVE.TAKING YOUR OWN LIFE IS THE CHICKEN SHIT WAY OUT DONT GIVE UP BE STRONG REMEMBER TOMARROW WILL BE A BETTER DAY I PROMISS T R U S T E D


hold on alexis              Reply to this Comment
I too felt the way your feeling.My mom and her bfriend were murdered 3 years ago and its still unsolved.I started abusing drugs heavily after that,and didn't think there was any reason for living.After suffering for 3 years,wondering how I was gonna get my next high,I decided to call rehabs for help.I found a rehab that had a bed available,and have been clean now for 2 months.Rehab not only deals with the drugs your on,but why you take the drug.The underlining problem is us.We need to let someone pick apart our brain until we find and fix whats hurting us.For anyone suffering,GET HELP!It's worth it!!Your worth it! PEACE


Wow              Reply to this Comment
Wow. The more I read, the more I smile. Let Darwins theory hold true. All I gotta say, is.... "Can't we all just get along?"


stolen dmx,idiots              Reply to this Comment
I work at a grocery store & lately we've been finding empty boxes of Robitussin. it's a pain in the butt I tell you when we find this stuff. #1 it's a sad sad world when kids are out there taking dmx, etc. & killing themselves. I'm worried for parents & worried for those poor souls that are doing drugs. #2 pain in the butt there are people that work hard & do a good job to stock product & keep track of it then someone steals it! We spend countless hours away from our families to work & put up with this crap...


drugs              Reply to this Comment
I must say, most of you people writing this shit are fucking idiots.If you wanna get high of stupid, unsafe shit your on a one way trip to death.Hope your families are proud...U fucking jerk offs


Kids will be kids              Reply to this Comment
I do agree that its bad to abuse over the counter meds but it doesnt matter how much you advertise how bad it is kids arent going to just be like ok I dont think im gonna do this anymore...the tv said its bad. I am a recovering drug addict and I know that if I liked it advertisement and people preaching to me wouldnt stop me! I think they should just learn the hard way!


Safety              Reply to this Comment
If the only ingredient is dextromorphan (DXM), it is absolutely 100% safe to drink. They now sell gel-caps with just this in it so you don't need to chug the bottles o' nastiness. Just look at the back and see the active ingredient label. You can get the robotussin gel-caps at Kroger, CVS, or Walgreens. Sometimes Walgreens will ID so grocery stores are probably the best bet. I used to take 20 caps and go to school fucked up. The first trip is the best. It's cool to listen to trippy music. Go for it. Just be safe about nothing in it but DXM!!



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