Explains the easy access of a legal recreational drug used by many teenagers across the world.
As society changes so does the recreational drugs used by many of today’s teenagers. Dextromethorphan Hybromide is a drug that can be found in the most common of places. A mother’s medicine cabinets, shelves at a department store, or the internet are just a few places that this drug can be found. Yet, as common as this drug may be, it is still a potentially deadly threat to today’s young people. If used for the proper purpose this drug has the ability to help soothe and suppress a cough. Used recreationally this drug has the ability to produce “euphoria, dream-like state and mind-body dissociation reportedly caused by DXM…”, but with a side effects that could kill.
The National Drug Intelligence Center has been researching the abuse of dextromethorphan hybromide for a number of years.
“Adolescents are the primary abusers of the drug most likely because it is inexpensive and relatively easy to obtain. Additionally, because DXM is a common ingredient in many cough and cold medicines, many adolescents do not perceive any risk in abusing the drug. Compounding the problem is that few parents know about the potential for abuse of the drug.”
With the lack of knowledge about the abuse of this drug many parents are completely unaware that their teen may be using this product to get high. The side effects can be deadly based on the dosage consumed.
“Permanent or serious brain damage can occur from DXM including: impaired memory, control of your behavior, learning, visual perception, and multi-sensory thinking as well as other permanent damage including: psychosis, limbic seizures, temporal lability and depression.”
These are extreme prices to pay just to get a cheap, legal high. Many parents are not even aware how to recognize the signs of abuse, and sometimes it is too late to get help. Pearcesuggests that there are signs to be aware of to spot an abuser. An abuser may appear to be drunk with characteristics such as slurred speech, and being unable to walk properly. Parents need to learn how to recognize these signs in order to save their children’s lives.
Ubelacker states that abusing such a drug can lead to irreversible damage to the mind, and body. Organs, such as the liver, can be affected by guzzling down huge doses of this medication. Though it may seem like a cheap, and legal way to get high it is deadly and may even lead to coma or death .