Dextromethorphan (DXM) is an active ingredient in cough syrups and pill forms of cold medicines. Though present in many over-the-counter household medicines for cough suppression and sore throats, dextromethorphan can also be a source of substance use for adolescents. Because it does not require a prescription, often parents do not recognize the potential risk for dextromethorphan (DXM) use and dependency. Recent studies have shown, however, that at least 10 percent of teenagers use cough syrups with dextromethorphan (DXM) as an active ingredient. This explains the need for our adolescent dextromethorphan (DXM) use treatment program.
ADOLESCENT DEPENDENCY IN PLAIN SIGHT
Adolescents often use DXM-based medicines because they are an inexpensive and easily accessible means of getting high. Cough medicines are often readily available in a household medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, their use as a recreational drug is frequently unexpected and unnoticed.