We recently had a DEA agent provide us some very interesting and important information on common drugs used by today’s youth.  DXM was one of these drugs.

What is it?

DXM is a cough suppressant that is found in more than 100 over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications. It can be used alone, or in combination with other drugs such as analgesics, antihistamines, decongestants,and/or expectorants How is it used?  DXM is taken orally in the form of cough syrup, tablets, capsules, or powder. When taken as directed, DXM is a safe and effective cough suppressant.

What effect does DXM have on the body and mind if taking more than the recommended dose?

• Common effects can include confusion, dizziness, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, impaired physical coordination, nausea and vomiting.

• It can cause rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, and disorientation.

• Feelings of euphoria may be experienced, as well as different “plateaus” ranging from mild distortions of color and sound to hallucinations.

• It can cause loss of motor control and impairment of the senses, which can lead to accidents.

Did you know?

DXM can create feelings of out-of-body experiences.

Slang terms for using DXM are Robo- tripping, Skittling, or Dexing.

Twelfth graders decreased their past year use of DXM from 6.6 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2013. (Source: 2013 Monitoring the Future

Study, University of Michigan).