Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and among those meds that are giving teenagers a quick, cheap, and legal high are cough and cold remedies. Dextromethorphan-containing products are easy to find and access for perfectly legal, cash-strapped teens. They can be bought from online pharmacies, and worse, there are websites that instruct on how to abuse the drugs.
Products that have dextromethorphan ingredients are called by several different street names, including Triple-C, DM, Drex, Red Devils, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Tussin, Velvet, and Vitamin D. Aside from understanding the risks associated with dextromethorphan abuse, parents should also know the different slang words teenagers are using in reference to the dangerous practice. Here are some of them:
DXM: A common abbreviation of dextromethorphan — an ingredient present in many cough and cold medicines. In high doses, it can have similar anesthetic effect to PCP or morphine. When taken in large quantities, DXM can cause hallucination, high blood pressure, headache, dizziness, paranoia, and even death.
Dexing: Getting high on products with dextromethorphan.
Robo-fizzing: The abuse of cough medicine combined with soda or alcohol.
Robo-tripping: The term refers to the hallucinogenic trips that people experience when abusing dextromethorphan at high doses.
Syrup head: Refers to a person using cough syrups or other products with dextromethorphan to get high.