Cough Medicine/DXM

 

 

Street Names: Dex, Tussin, C-C-C, Red Devils, Purple Drank, Robo, Skittles, Triple C, Sizzurp, Lean

Looks Like: Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a cough suppressant and is found in many over-the-counter cold medicines in tablet, gelcap, and liquid form. 

How It's Used/Abused: Mixed with clear soda and hard candies and ingested orally.

What Teens Have Heard: Causes a trippy high with various plateaus. 

Short and Long Term Effects: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, seizures, confusion, hallucinations, sleep problems, numbness of fingers and toes, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, liver damage, brain damage, death. 

Arizona Teen Facts: 1 out of 10 teenagers has abused cough medicine.

Signs of Abuse: Slurred speech, loss of coordination, disorientation, vomiting.

What Every Parent Should Know: Prescription cough syrup is mixed with clear soda and hard candies to make what kids call "Sizzurp." This is especially dangerous since the person does not know how much of the codeine and promethazine they are consuming and overdose is possible, causing seizures and even death.