^ Back to Top
954-260-0805

StopMedAbuse55Parents are concerned when their teen is experimenting with marijuana (and they should be), especially today when studies have shown it is more potent and can be addictive, however there is another drug that most parents have in their medicine cabinets that teens are getting high with.

Cough medicine.

Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a safe & effective ingredient found in many over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines, but approximately one in 30 teens reports abusing  excessive amounts of DXM to get high.

Is your teen Robo-tripping?

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.

Warning signs of OTC cough medicine or other drugs:

  • Empty cough medicine boxes or bottles in the trash of your child’s room or in your child’s backpack or school locker;
  • Purchase or use of large amounts of cough medicine when not ill;
  • Missing boxes or bottles of medicine from home medicine cabinets;
  • Hearing your child use certain slang terms for DXM abuse, such as skittles, skittling, tussin, robo-tripping, robo, CCC, triple Cs, dexing, and DXM;
  • Visiting pro-drug websites that provide information on how to abuse DXM;
  • Internet orders, the arrival of unexpected packages, or unexplained payments by credit card or PayPal account;
  • Changes in friends, physical appearance, or sleeping or eating patterns;
  • Declining grades;
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or favorite activities;
  • Hostile and uncooperative attitude;
  • Unexplained disappearance of household money; and
  • Unusual chemical or medicinal smells on your child or in his or her room.

StopMedAbuse2Resources courtesy of StopMedicineAbuse.org.

If you suspect your teen is abusing substances, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.  If you have an emergency, call 911.

As Featured On

DrPhil_Season_7_title_card1-250x139oprah-logo-250x1091PLATFORMforgoodParentingTodaysKidssunsentinelGaltimeFoxNews1Forbes-Magazine-Logo-Fonthuffington-post-logo
family online safetyTodayMomsusatodaywashpostabcnewsCNN-living1anderson-cooper-360-logo-250x107cbs_eve_logobostonglobe-250x250nbc6newsweek

..and many more.

  • Follow @SueScheff

  • RSS Sue Scheff Blog

    • Critical Thinking: Consequences of What We Post February 28, 2019
      Know that everything you put online (or a device) has the possibility of becoming “Public and Permanent“® – and expression coined perfectly by Richard Guerry, founder of the Institute of Responsible Online and Phone Communication (IROC2). Until 2018, surveys said that colleges, schools and businesses were monitoring candidates and applicants social media posts and contents. […]
    • Cyberbullying: Reporting Online Hate February 18, 2019
      Digital resilience: Becoming a better online reporter. The majority of teens have come across racist or sexist hate speech on social media.  There are five-steps to building digital resilience. Prepare them for the ugly side of social media. Teach them to report, flag and block abusive content. Help them understand that online is not always reality. Critical […]
    • Protecting Your Family’s Digital Identity January 24, 2019
      National Privacy Day: Securing online safety. January 28th celebrates National Data Privacy Day; an event that recognizes the importance of Internet advocacy and data privacy. As a caring parent, nothing is more important than the safety and privacy of your child, both online and off. In this article, we will be sharing information on digital […]

To get help, CLICK HERE or call us at 954-260-0805
P.U.R.E. does not provide legal advice and does not have an attorney on staff.
^ Back to Top
Copyright © 2001-2019 Help Your Teens. Optimized Web Design by SEO Web Mechanics Site Map