Friday, July 9, 2010

Parents be warned: Your kids may be 'Robo tripping'

CNN The Chart (online) July 8:

"There's a trend among kids, dubbed 'Robo tripping,' and it's not the latest dance. In fact, 'Robo tripping' is one of several colloquialisms used to describe getting high from - of all things - cough medicine.  (Get it? 'Robo' or Robitussin.)  The high comes from ingesting large doses of dextromethorphan, found in over-the-counter cough suppressants such as syrups and lozenges.  'I was looking for something that was easy to find, easy to do...even though I know...that this is not good, that this is wrong,' said Shannon, whose story about abusing dextromethorphan as a teenager appears on the Partnership for a Drug-Free America website.  It is that ease that may be the biggest problem."
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