Cough Syrup Abuse

Kirsten Williams

What is the addiction?

It is a drug addiction. An addiction is anything that can be pleasing someone. Addictions can be any kind of drug, texting, gambling, etc.

What is it? What is the category of the drug?

The drug is cough syrup or capsules that can be found at normal drugstores such as CVS or Walgreens. Commonly abused cough/cold medicine are Dextromethorphan and Promethazine-codeine. The drug can be either a suppressant or expectorant.

What are some common street/slang names?

Street or slang names for cold/cough medicine are robotripping, robo, triple C, skittling, and sizzurp. When mixed with sodas such as Sprite or Mountain Dew and hard candies for flavoring, it can be called "lean" or "purple drank".
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What does it look like?

It is various colors of liquid cough syrup or capsules. When mixed into "lean" it is usually a purple/blue color.

How is it used/ingested?

The cough syrup or capsules is swallowed.

What are the common side effects?

Common side effects of abusing cough syrup or capsules is impaired motor skills, nausea/vomiting, confusion, dizziness, blurred or double vision, slurred speech, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, numbness of fingers or toes, disorientation, and hallucination.

What are the symptoms of overdose?

breathing problems, bluish colored lips and fingernails, coma, seizures, constipation, high/low blood pressure, muscle twitches, nausea/vomiting, raised body temp., pounding heartbeat, spasms of stomach/intestines, and rapid heartbeat. Overdose can also be fatal.

Is this drug addictive?

Yes, certain ingredients in different cough syrups such as codeine are addictive.

What are the with drawl symptoms?

The symptoms of with drawl from this drug are unknown.
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What are the short and long term effects?

The short-term effects are euphoria, paranoia, altered vision, and buildup of excess acid in body fluids. The long-term effects are unknown

How prevalent do you think it is used by HHS students and why?

I think it is used but is not extremely popular. I think most high school students would prefer to use alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs. It could be used as a last resort when other things aren’t available. This can be because cough syrup/capsules are easy to get a hold of. It can also be used when mixed with soda or alcohol which makes it even more dangerous.