The common cough medicine ingredient suppresses one’s cough and works as expectorant. In normal doses it does as advertised, but when it is used in un-recommended ways the cough suppressant can cause intoxication. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), DXM can cause:
- Dissociative Effects
DXM abuse is at an all-time low with approximately 3 percent of U.S. teens using it in unintended ways, the article reports. The case study, conducted by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), took an in depth look at CHPA’s efforts to:
- Raise parental awareness of the behavior.
- Increase teen perception of risk and social disapproval.
- Limit teen access to the products.