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|Dextroverse Community > DXM-related News > Girls' 'robotripping' signal of wider use|
|Posted by: drdªv€ Nov 17 2007, 06:31 AM|
| When two teenage girls high on cough syrup were rushed from Moorhead’s Red River Area Learning Center to Fargo’s Innovis Health on Thursday, the incident seemed to be an isolated local case of a well-publicized national epidemic.
Teens call the practice robotripping, after the Robitussin brand of cough medication that landed the Moorhead girls in the hospital. Experts say potentially deadly abuse of this and other cough suppressants has skyrocketed.
Area school resource officers and counselors said robotripping might be more common locally than the rarity of the Moorhead incident suggests.
Some expressed hope that the news would help to raise awareness among mostly unwitting parents.
“The one thing about pharming that concerns me is we just don’t know much about it,” Fargo South High School resource officer Chris Potter said, using a common term for over-the-counter medication abuse. “It’s flying under the radar, and that’s what’s so scary about it.”
A teacher at the Learning Center, Moorhead’s alternative public school, noticed that the two students were acting intoxicated in class. After the girls admitted to ingesting Robitussin, they were treated at Innovis and released. School officials found six empty 1-ounce syrup bottles in a school restroom, according to Moorhead Superintendent Larry Nybladh.
The incident hardly took Potter by surprise. At school, he hears about teens drinking up to five syrup bottles a day or passing around over-the-counter pills at parties. He hears about students mining Web sites for tips on dosing medication.
Nationwide, a 2006 Partnership for Drug-Free America study showed that one in 10 teens abuse cough medicine to get high. In this area, incidents involving robotripping have been rare. A few years back, Moorhead High School officials found a sizable stash of empty cough syrup bottles in a student’s locker, and a group of Fargo middle school students got in trouble for popping gel caps at school.
“The numbers we’re seeing are relatively small,” said Scott Matheson, a Moorhead High School counselor and coordinator for Students Against Destructive Decisions. “But is it happening, and is it a concern? Yes.”
Fargo Schools addiction counselor Ron Schneider said students and parents have been snatching up brochures on abusing DXM, the morphine-like ingredient in cough suppressants that causes an hours-long hallucinogenic trip.
A 2005 survey showed that 4.1 percent of Fargo students in grades nine through 12 used over-the-counter drugs to get high in the prior 30 days. In comparison, 17.4 percent used marijuana.
Experts say the easy access and the lack of distinct odor make such abuse fairly easy to hide. Because medication is so readily available, teens tend to assume that the practice is safer than abusing alcohol or illicit drugs. In fact, large quantities of the highly addictive cough suppressants can cause dangerous spikes in blood pressure and heart rate.
“I do think this is a warning signal,” Superintendent Nybladh said about Thursday’s incident, adding that letters to Learning Center parents about the issue went out the same day.
School officials hope the news doesn’t spur copycat behavior. “If there’s good news, it’s that it didn’t look that appealing,” said Horizon Middle School resource officer Jeff Nelson. “I’m sure the students had their stomachs pumped, and it wasn’t particularly pleasant.”
|Posted by: Aquanina Nov 17 2007, 10:58 AM|
|lol @ "lack of distinct odor" ...what the hell are they comparing it to that has a strong odor?|
|Posted by: shibby_licious Nov 17 2007, 11:04 AM|
|Why do kids think that it is "cool" to do this in school. Makes me frustrated. When I trip anyways I have to be in a nice calm enviroment where my trip is going to be happy. School is not that place and they must of wanted to get caught because tey thought they were cool in which they were very fucking ignorant!|
|Posted by: Space Monkey Nov 17 2007, 01:31 PM|
Marijuana. PCP. Other stuff.
|Posted by: Ez.nick Nov 17 2007, 01:38 PM|
| So this article makes me wanna robotrip tonight.... maybe they should stop putting out news reports like this. For the sake of our youth!
Wow, so since when is DXM addicting?
|Posted by: Cool Cherry Nov 17 2007, 02:23 PM|
|lol, what else do they expect kids to do in north dakota|
|Posted by: Companion Cube Nov 17 2007, 03:08 PM|
|Posted by: Ez.nick Nov 17 2007, 03:45 PM|
|Never been there, but that sounds like a BAD idea^|
|Posted by: Bhikku Nov 17 2007, 03:49 PM|
|Where do you get one ounce bottles of syrup at?|
|Posted by: shibby_licious Nov 17 2007, 03:50 PM|
ha ha thats what i was thinking.
|Posted by: Bhikku Nov 17 2007, 03:52 PM|
Somehow that doesn't suprise me.
|Posted by: Companion Cube Nov 17 2007, 04:45 PM|
|i've got 1/2oz bottles from the doc office once. He thinks were poorer than we are so he gives us free robitussin samples. (same with most otc's of we ask)|
|Posted by: Ez.nick Nov 17 2007, 05:28 PM|
|Damn, thats a good idea! I need to try that sometime.|
|Posted by: Samala Nov 17 2007, 05:34 PM|
| If they each had 3 oz. each...why did they need to be rushed to the hospital. You can't pump the tussin out of your stomach like you can alcohol...
ignoramus maximus humanus should be their Latin name.
|Posted by: Scynne Nov 17 2007, 05:37 PM|
|I would try to get through the anger and rage I am feeling right now by cuddling a large quantity of kittens, but, unfortunately, all the kittens are DEAD because I chug robitussin.|
|Posted by: Aquanina Nov 17 2007, 05:38 PM|
|1oz robitussin bottles are sold for first aid kits|
|Posted by: Bhikku Nov 17 2007, 05:39 PM|
No, their dead because you masturbate too much.
|Posted by: Bhikku Nov 17 2007, 05:40 PM|
Is that right? I wanna track down some of these. It'd make a good hood ornament.
|Posted by: Ez.nick Nov 17 2007, 05:48 PM|
|Indeed they would.|
|Posted by: xVertigox Nov 17 2007, 09:22 PM|
I'm telling you, stop reading the "DXM-related News" forum, it's terrible.
|Posted by: Liquid Fiend Nov 17 2007, 09:38 PM|
|Something about girls dexing is much with the hawt.|
|Posted by: janks Nov 17 2007, 09:52 PM|
they do it all the time. little johnny is dying of a cough syrup overdose they say while little johnny insists he will be fine. but they don't believe little johnny. they never did.
|Posted by: Kaiserin Nov 18 2007, 12:15 AM|
They probably gave them narcan. That's an astute observation and statement on your behalf though.
|Posted by: stompy Nov 18 2007, 03:12 AM|
dont they have sheep
|Posted by: dersoldat Nov 18 2007, 04:42 AM|
| DXM is "morphine like"? They probably just read dextromethorphan and said "that kind of sounds like morphine, must have similar effects and be just as addictive".
Also up to 5 bottles a day? At school? I'm pretty sure someone would notice if you were on like 4 grams of dxm at school.
Why does no one write true articles about drugs? Why do they always have to make up such bullshit?
|Posted by: shibby_licious Nov 18 2007, 04:56 AM|
|Posted by: dextromancer Nov 18 2007, 04:58 AM|
on the contrary, it is cool to do it in school. forgive me if i frustrate.
|Posted by: shibby_licious Nov 18 2007, 05:02 AM|
Well more power to you I guess . People are going to do what they want whenever they want and ay not aprove but hell I wont agrue about it this time ha ha gets me nowhere
|Posted by: lyrrad85 Nov 18 2007, 05:05 AM|
|i wish i could goto school again, so i can trip at school... i always did opiates and benzos at school but never dex... maybe i'll goto college after i get an apt. so i can dex at school? it sounds fun...|
|Posted by: dextromancer Nov 18 2007, 05:31 AM|
haha i don't want to argue. it's not smart to do dex in school, but it is pretty cool. i'm long out of school and am just recalling memories somewhere along the way one must put down the bottle of syrup and pick up a book though.
|Posted by: shibby_licious Nov 18 2007, 05:32 AM|
|Posted by: road_to_awe Nov 20 2007, 12:09 AM|
|Posted by: neko Nov 20 2007, 10:20 AM|
lol i wish
|Posted by: Diapuch Nov 21 2007, 12:06 AM|
DXM is derived from levorphanol, which is a "morphine like" opiod.
|Posted by: Criptin Nov 22 2007, 03:11 PM|
| Funny thing is when a teen gets arrested for alcohol and other drug abuse, its rarely even put on the news.
Yet some girls drinks too much tussin and they have a media frenzy.