Parents of teens, as well as other responsible adults, need to know the trends in teen substance abuse. Teens will always experiment and engage in risky behaviors, but sometimes the choices they make have lasting negative consequences. Drug abuse is one area in which adults need to intervene when teens are making bad choices. Right now, many are choosing to abuse over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines and this can be harmful. It goes by many names, but most commonly Triple C. Learn the Triple C drug facts so you can keep your teen safe.
What Is Triple C?
Triple C is a slang term for non-prescription Coricidin Cough and Cold. The term can refer to any over-the-counter cold medication that contains the drug dextromethorphan, or DXM. DXM taken in large quantities, larger than directed on the medicine label, gives the user a high, hallucinations and a feeling of dissociation from reality. Coricidin abuse is far from the only type of Triple C abuse.
Slang terms for abusing cough and cold medicines include:
- Vitamin D
- Orange crush
- Red Devils
What Are The Triple C Side Effects?
Taking these cough and cold medicines to relieve cold symptoms and at normal doses is safe for most people. However, there are some serious side effects that become more intense when someone abuses the drug and takes more than the recommended dose. When teens abuse Triple C they often take several times the recommended dose.
Side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Numbness and tingling
Triple C can even cause seizures, loss of consciousness, brain damage and death.
Protecting Your Teen from Triple C
Drug abuse in schools and among teens is more common than you might think. Access is always important to young people when it comes to drug choice. Triple C is a legal drug that can be bought in any drug store, which means many teens will turn to it looking for an easy high. To protect your teen from the dangers of abusing Triple C, be aware of what he is doing and his behaviors. Look for signs that his sleeping and eating habits or health have changed.
It’s also important to keep your medications secure within the house. Keep any drugs that can be abused locked away so that your child does not have free access to them. The most important thing you can do to protect your teen from any kind of drug abuse is talk to him. Discuss drugs and the dangers of abusing them, including the ones he may assume are safe, like cough medicine. Teens whose parents talk to them about drugs and drug abuse are more likely to make good choices, even when faced with peer pressure.
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