coughSyrupNew Teen Drug: Triple C

Many teens no longer turn to the shady school dealer for their highs these days. In fact, most just reach inside the medicine cabinet. Across the country, kids are taking dangerous handfuls of cold medicines known to them as “triple C.”

Cold, cough and congestion medications that are based on dextromethorphan, such as Coricidin are the new drug of choice for teens. The dangerous part is that they can find them at any grocery store or even in your home medicine cabinet – without parental permission.

Most teens take this triple C drug cocktail because it gives them euphoric effects. When they take these medicines at a dose higher then recommended, they feel very happy and may have hallucinations.

However, the hard truth is that although these over the counter drugs seem harmless to teens, the long term effects of abuse can include: psychosis, coma, movement problems, liver damage, and even heart trouble.

Parents need to be aware that cold medicines are being abused by kids. They should openly discuss the effects and long-term problems associated with taking too many pills or too much syrup devised to treat colds like in the triple C cocktails that are being experimented with.

warningSigns02Warning signs

If you’ve noticed any of the signals related to drug abuse listed below, you may want to press your teen further and ask some important questions like: “Have you been offered drugs?” If yes, “What did you do?” or “Have you been drinking or using drugs?” Even though no parent wants to hear a “yes” response to any of these questions, be ready for it. Don’t be afraid to err on the side of caution. Ask the difficult questions and decide, in advance, how you’ll respond to a “yes” answer. Not all teens are going to fess up to drug or alcohol use, and sometimes the signals are masked as other behaviors. The following list can help to identify signs and symptoms to watch out for. If you find yourself responding “yes” to many of these signs and symptoms, teaming up with a professional can help to stop and redirect the course of your teen’s life.

  • Missing money from your purse or wallet
  • The use of incense, fragrance sprays, or excessive perfumes/cologne to mask the smell of smoke
  • Frequently breaking curfew
  • Reckless driving, car accidents, or unexplained dents in the car
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Excessive mints, mouthwash to cover the smell of alcohol
  • Eye drops to make eyes that are bloodshot or dilated appear unimpaired
  • Nosebleeds or runny nose, not caused by allergies or a cold
  • Frequently sick: queasy, nauseous, vomiting
  • Wetting lips or excessive thirst (known as “cotton mouth”)
  • Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Missing medications (over the counter and prescription)
  • Over the counter materials that can be used for getting high such as computer cleanser, nail polish/nail polish remover, white out, hairsprays or other inhalants are found in personal belongings
  • Increased sleeping due to depressants or decreased sleep due to stimulants
  • Drug paraphernalia such as pipes, bags of seeds, rolling papers, empty bottles, baggies of pills etc.
  • Secrecy regarding activities, interactions, phone calls and/or conversations that have coded language
  • Bedroom is always locked and/or strictly off limits
  • Messy, shows lack of caring for appearance, poor hygiene
  • Red, flushed cheeks or face
  • Clenching teeth
  • Track marks on arms or legs (or long sleeves in warm weather to hide marks)
  • Burns or soot on fingers or lips (from “joints” or “roaches” burning down)
  • Loud, obnoxious behavior or laughing at nothing
  • Personality changes due to mood altering drugs
  • Unusually clumsy, stumbling, lack of coordination, poor balance
  • Withdrawal and decreased interactions with proper friends
  • New friends/people that are not allowed to meet you or be brought home
  • Truancy or loss of interest in schoolwork, sudden bad grades
  • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, or sports

There’s no easy way to figure out if your teen is using drugs or alcohol. As you’ll see, many of the warning signs and symptoms of teen substance abuse listed below are also, at times, typical adolescent behavior. Many are also symptoms of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety disorders. But if your teen exhibits more than 6-9 of the behaviors listed above, it’s probably time to start asking the “hard” questions and getting some solid answers.





nbombsmilesdrugN-bomb” or “Smiles” drug not bringing happiness to users

A new powerful designer drug called NBOMe “Smiles,” “N-bomb,” or “25i” is being marketed to teens and is gaining in popularity. It is being marketed as “legal LSD” – causing many teens to believe that it is safe.

Recently in Massachusetts, police put out a warning after finding it in their city and last month, a woman was indicted in federal court after selling the drug to a teenager who overdosed. The mother of the teen discussed how after just one hit of “smiles” her 14-year-old daughter, Emily, died. She said she had, “not heard of it until two or three days after we were in the hospital. But Emily had and it was easy for her to get.” (boston.cbslocal.com) Emily bought the drug from an even younger teen at a playground just by their house.

Cbs.com reports that “smiles” is just one of an ever growing number of synthetic drugs marketed to teenagers. It comes in small tabs with cartoons or colorful pictures on them and, even more dangerous, it sells for less than $5 per hit.

ER doctors are seeing deadly results of the drug.

This lethal drug is still legal in Massachusetts and other states, which again makes teens think it is “ok” to try. Many are fighting to quickly put smiles’ legality to an end and hopefully that will occur soon where it remains legal.

Heavy.com cites 10 important things to know about N-bomb:

  • N-bomb could be the deadliest drug to date
  • It’s derived from Mescaline- according to Yahoo! News: its “derived from mescaline, which occurs naturally in peyote cactus. The technical name of the substance is phenethylamine. The substance isn’t technically illegal because it is made from two banned parent drugs.”
  • It is administered just like LSD
  • It was discovered in 2003 and emerged in 2010 online as a designer drug
  • It has other street names: “Smiles” and “25i”
  • It can have similar effects to bath salts: confusion, difficulties, communicating, paranoia, seizures, and death
  • Deaths have been reported in North Dakota, Virginia, Louisiana, Arizona, and Massachusetts
  • N-Bomb can cause long term damage-kidney disorders and long term psychiatric/mental disorders
  • Some states have classified N-bomb as a schedule 1 controlled substance
  • Federal agents have taken notice of the drug.



Sources: Yahoo! news, boston.cbslocal.com, heavy.com


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