New Drug Parents Should Be Aware Of - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/31/03

New Drug Parents Should Be Aware Of

Most parents worry about their children using illegal drugs like marijuana or cocaine, but there's a new concern. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are the latest in a list of drugs that some teens are abusing, even leading to death in some cases.

Look at the labels in your medicine cabinet. The ingredient kids are looking for is Dextromethorphan or DXM. The high it brings can turn deadly if too much is taken in a short period of time. "Coricidin, cough, and cold which is what they call the three C's. This stuff is what they are using right now," says Marino Carbonell, Drug Abuse Counselor.

"Everytime I did it I did it with friends because I was afraid I was going to do something stupid like kill myself or hurt somebody else," says a teen that is addicted to Coricidin.

"I had a feeling she had been doing something because she wasn't normal, she wasn't everything, was slurred speech, she was very slow in her movements," says the teen's mother.

The young girl is in rehab now after becoming addicted to "Cory," that's the slang term kids use now to refer to Coricidin.

Schering Plough, the maker of Coricidin, says it knows that abuse has become a big problem and it is working now on developing a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of taking more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter medications.

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