What is skittling? Have you ever heard of dexing, triple c’s, or robotripping? Sounds like they might be dance moves, right? But they aren’t they are much, much more dangerous than they sound.
Some kids actually drink over the counter (OTC) cough medicines as a way to get high. Approximately 1 in 25 teens reports abusing excessive amounts of DXM to get high. One in 3 knows someone who has abused cough medicine to get high. What is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a safe and effective ingredient found in many over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines.
So if you have a teen, ask them if they know what dexing or robotripping is. Casually ask them “What is skittling?” I asked my nieces, and they both knew. I had never even heard of these terms before.
I am telling you about this because October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. As parents, we need to be aware that there are teens out there who abuse cough medicine to get high, crazy as that sounds. We also need to know the warning signs of cough medicine abuse. We need to talk to our kids regularly and communicate with them. They need to understand that cough medicine, even if it can be bought in the store, is a medicine that can cause dangerous side effects, even death.
The CHPA has an ongoing program called Stop Medicine Abuse to educate parents and teens about the dangers of abusing OTC cough medicines. It’s worth checking out. It will give you all the information you know to be an informed and present parent. It will teach you how to talk to your teen about this scary trend.
Raising teens ain’t no joke. It’s hard. Scary. You’ve got to be on the lookout constantly. I know this because my sister stays all over her teenage daughters like white on rice to make sure they are staying out of trouble.
And sometime teens get a bad rap. There are positives about raising teens today; teens (and tweens) are developing into awesome people! It’s important to sing your teen’s praises. Kids who are validated by their parents, whose parents have confidence in them, make better decisions – so let’s spark this national dialogue about teens!
If you want to do the same, then check out To My Teen. You MUST check it out if you are a parent. Head over and share a photo, to tell everybody that your teen is awesome. Don’t forget to share your images on Twitter or Facebook and include the hashtag #ToMyTeen! Each person who uploads a picture will be automatically entered to win a $50 VISA gift card through the month of October. What a great way to let your teen know you love him or her and generate some awareness about cough medicine abuse.
For more information about over-the-counter medicine safety, you can check out my posts I’ve written as an OTCsafety Ambassador and follow @StopMedAbuse and #ToMyTeen for even more!
Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an OTCSafety Blogger, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on OTCSafety information by visiting the OTCSafety website and by following them on Pinterest.