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drdĒv€
11-25-2004, 06:53 AM
By Maria Tsataros
First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Justin Jennings is a typical three-year old boy. He loves playing outside and riding his bike.

But the last year of his life has been anything but typical. Last December, Justin caught a cold. His mother, Nicole, gave him cold medicine and cough syrup.

"His eyes started getting all shaky, he couldn't stand up, couldn't talk, he started grinding his teeth, he couldn't even walk," explains Justin's mom, Nicole Jennings.

Nicole thought her son was having a seizure. She rushed him to the hospital. Doctors didn't understand what was wrong. They ran numerous tests and finally found Phencyclidine, or PCP, in Justin's blood.

"He never had PCP, he was never around PCP," says Nicole.

Nicole and Maurice, Justin's dad, knew their son was sick. But the tests just didn't make sense.

"The baby tested positive for PCP! And we didn't understand it," said Nicole.

The Department of Children and Families was not taking any chances, they took Justin to a foster home.

The boy's father, Maurice, remembers one of the hardest moments, "Knowing that we could not take him home with us was really bad. The actual tear jerker was when he said, 'Can I come home? Why can't i come home?'"

Justin's parents knew the test results had to be wrong. But in order to prove their worthiness as parents, they were forced to subject themselves to random drug tests, counseling and parenting classes. It was all to get their family back under one roof. Then the roof came crashing down... literally.

"We lost the master bedroom, we lost the bathroom, the dining room, some of the kitchen we lost," Nicole said as she showed us the pictures.

Hurricane Frances destroyed nearly everything the couple owned. With little money and no place to call home, they were forced to move in with Nicole's mother in Long Island, New York. Under strict supervision, they were allowed to take their son, but there were no guarantees they could keep him.

Nicole started researching PCP on the internet. That's when she learned most cough and cold medications contain a drug called Dextramethorphine, or DXM. Remember we mentioned Nicole gave Justin a cough syrup and cold medicine, both containing DXM.

"He overdosed on DXM. It was in the flu medicine, he had his normal dosage and it was in the cough medicine also," explains Maurice. "Which he had a normal dose of that too."

"It's in tons of cough and cold products, and it's one of those medications that a lot of people don't pay attention to," says Dr. Dawn Sollee with the Poison Information Center. She says DXM is a cough suppressant and a drug people accidentally overdose on. Sollee also says DXM is not PCP, but they can be easily confused in a drug test.

"DXM is structurally related or structurally similar in it's composition to Phencyclidine, or PCP," explains the doctor.

Nicole says she read the directions before giving Justin his medication, "We went by the recommended doses, but on the box it should say do not mix with any other brands containing DXM."

"There are people that do that accidentally and on a daily basis. That's part of what happens here and those are the calls we get here at the Poison Information Center," says Dr. Sollee.

The DCF allowed Justin's mom and dad to bring their son to New York under one provision. They stay in close contact with the DCF. During an interview with First Coast News, Justin's mom and dad got the phone call they had been waiting for.

The case was dropped and Justin is home for good, just in time for the holidays.

"It's been 11 months. This is the 11th month, next month will be 12. Because that's when it happened, Christmas, the day after Christmas. And now it's finally over," says Nicole.

Doctors want to reiterate DXM is an effective cough suppressant and parents should not hesitate to use it. But, remember to read the instructions and never use multiple medications that contain DXM. Last year, in the state of Florida, 77 children were hospitalized because of overdoses.

Story Here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/n...x?storyid=28235 (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=28235)

ranticalion
11-25-2004, 07:03 AM
Didn't you already post this?

drdĒv€
11-25-2004, 07:04 AM
Not I, this is the first I've heard about it. B)

libel
11-25-2004, 09:54 AM
this tastes like cough syrup from 1984

Introspective
11-25-2004, 01:26 PM
Wah ha ha ha. That will teach the little bastard.

Midknight
11-25-2004, 01:28 PM
uhhh, how many F*ing medicines did they give the kid?

I wish My eyes got shaky and I got all high from 2 doses of dxm...

Mix between super light and enzyme deficency?

rfgdxm
11-25-2004, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by [email protected] 25 2004, 07:03 AM
Didn't you already post this?
No, but I did in the main DXM forum, and the post wasn't moved by a mod before this reposting of the same news report.

Einherjar
11-25-2004, 03:01 PM
uh, midknight. he was 3. o.o a body that small and underdeveloped would prolly have strong reactions to even slightly higher than normal doses.

ranticalion
11-25-2004, 11:09 PM
Originally posted by rfgdxm+Nov 25 2004, 02:37 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (rfgdxm @ Nov 25 2004, 02:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <[email protected] 25 2004, 07:03 AM
Didn't you already post this?
No, but I did in the main DXM forum, and the post wasn't moved by a mod before this reposting of the same news report. [/b][/quote]
D'oh. My bad. I knew I had already read this somewhere...

vapor
11-27-2004, 03:50 PM
I think that sucks, no matter when it happened. The fact that doctors and social services would be so fucking ignorant and not consider all possibilities before comfirming a baby as posative of PCP ingestion is sad.

Its not just sad its fucking embarrassing. The dumb fucking government took away their child for 11 months just because they thought the 3 year old baby was on PCP. They couldnt even think that it could have been DXM? Arnt doctors suppose to be aware of this when testing for drugs? I mean the kid was sick, after he was givin medicine containing dxm and other products, he experienced these symptoms.

I mean its not too hard to draw conclusions, even those who are unexperienced. You look on the back of the lable. You look up their side effects in larger doses and on children that small. This isnt the first case of a baby going a bit sideways from taking more than theraputic doses of dxm.

aslo:

That's when she learned most cough and cold medications contain a drug called Dextramethorphine, or DXM.

Dextromethorphan not Dextramethorphine

I mean these news publications/reporters have spell check right? Its int he dictionary. Again ill have to say that it was probubly some upstart wanna be news anchor that wants to be the publics bitch, but instead fell victim to another insignificant story. (in their opinion) therefore, obviously half-assed the article.

John|OTCfiend
12-04-2004, 03:48 PM
seems like most people are ignorant about dxm, especially doctors.

Bevo
12-05-2004, 11:18 PM
This makes me sick. All they had to do is research if DXM could cause false positives on urine/drug tests. This is even listed at the DV!

jersey_emt
12-06-2004, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by [email protected] 5 2004, 11:18 PM
This makes me sick. All they had to do is research if DXM could cause false positives on urine/drug tests. This is even listed at the DV!
Well I doubt social services or doctors reguarly check the DV for the latest information B)

The doctor should have been aware though...

But look on the bright side...the kid is back where he belongs. He could have been kept away from his parents indefinitely.

Not that I'm justifying what was done....I do understand and agree with him being taken away while an investigation is being done...but damn they should have realized the truth much sooner.

vapor
12-06-2004, 07:19 PM
Not that I'm justifying what was done....I do understand and agree with him being taken away while an investigation is being done...but damn they should have realized the truth much sooner.

The reason i disagree with this is because it is beyond rare that a parent feeds their baby a pcp crystal or makes him smoke sherm.

It was a obvious false posative, and these doctors are taught that these things are possible. You look at it from this perspective, the doctor has a doctorate/proffessional degree in his field. Mistakes this serious should NOT happen.

This info is also listed right on the internet, not just the dv.

EternalMetal
12-11-2004, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by Drage Av [email protected] 25 2004, 03:01 PM
uh, midknight. he was 3. o.o a body that small and underdeveloped would prolly have strong reactions to even slightly higher than normal doses.
yea, but their are kids cough medicines that have kid dosages on them.

I probably would have sued. In not the suing type, but this had to change the kid forever.