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Robo Tripping: The Facts All Parents Should Know

There’s a situation in the US that a lot of people may not be aware of. It’s called Robo tripping. Do you have any idea what that is? I surely didn’t! It’s the practice of drinking large amounts of cough syrup to get high. It’s also called Robo, Skittles, Dex and Tussin. When it’s consumed in large quantities, the user will experience a hallucinogenic type of high. And, it’s legal, cheap and available at drug and grocery stores everywhere. It’s easy to get.

Ten percent of US teens and tweens (kids ranging in ages from 9 to 17) have admitted to partaking in this activity. Like the name of this activity, I had no idea how big of an epidemic it was. That’s a lot of kids!

There are a number of alarming side effects that can occur, that these young people probably have no idea about. Not only in the short term, but long-term as well. Loss of motor control, and even death, have been attributed to this dangerous method of getting high.

Now that summer is upon us, and kids are not in school every day, it’s incredibly important for parents to be aware of the dangers involved. Any type of over-the-counter medications that contain the active ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM) will create the desired high that kids are trying to achieve. There are more than 125 medications that contain DXM.
Like any other prescription medication kept in the house, it is wise to keep this out of their reach. Parents should watch for the following signs in their kids, if Robo tripping is suspected:

•    Empty or missing bottles of cough syrup
•    An unusual medicinal smell on your child
•    Changes in your child’s appearance, attitude, eating and sleeping habits
•    Drug website visits by your child

As with any type of drug or alcohol abuse, it’s better to be open with your child about the dangers involved. If you talk to them about what you know, you’ll be passing that information along, and hopefully, that knowledge will help to deter them. If they know they could actually die from participating, they will most likely think twice and perhaps help to educate their friends.
Help lower this staggering statistic and get them some help before they get addicted, it’s dangerous and abusive behavior that could not only lead them down a path as a gateway to other harmful drugs, but it could take their life. If you already need addiction help call now.

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