Street names for over the counter drugs
Why do people use over the counter drugs?
1. To get high on over the counter medicines.
People can get high by taking large doses of any over the counter (OTC) drug that includes dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is an active cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications. To get high, people injest large doses of OTC drugs, which can put them in danger. So when people chase the euphoric feeling, altered judgment or hallucinations on DXM, other effects can also result (especially if the DXM is used in combination with decongestants). These include brain damage, increased heart rate and blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, and loss of coordination.
2. To manufacture other drugs.
People buy pseudoephedrine (found in OTC cold medicines) to make methamphetamine (meth). This ingredient can be commonly found in nonprescription cold medicines.
DXM street names
- CCC or Triple C (Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold)
- Orange Crush
- Poor Man’s PCP
- Red Devils
- Robo (Robitussin)
- Vitamin D
Reference sources: WebMD slideshow on prescription drug use
Kids Health. org – Cold Medicine Abuse
DXM drug guide
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