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Robotripping is more than an embarrassing problem for our teenagers -

It is Deadly!


Just what is robotripping? Let me break it down for you. Robotripping is the taking of an over the counter medicine, that is generally used for cough and colds. The culprit that teenagers seem to enjoy is DXM or dextromethorphan. The name comes from Robitussin the general cough syrup that is being abused.

So that answered the Rob in Robotripping. Let us move on to the next part. People that take the DXM feel dissociated with life, thus they feel like they are trippy or tripping. Another reason for the name is that there is a common “walk” that teenagers do when they are overdosing on DXM. It is called the robo walk, a jerky walking movement caused by the lack of sensory control.

Now it is enough that are teenagers are doing this robotripping, but I discovered that there is a thriving subculture on the Internet that gives out advice and information on just about anything you can think of.

Our teens it seems are passing messages back and forth on the internet about drugs. Get this, one in ten messages are on how to take or fix drugs and drug cocktails.

Let me tell you how this all started. I had a cold with a bad cough. I bought some cold medicine, three different kinds and put them on the counter in my bathroom. My teen son had his own bathroom and to be honest I did not even think a thing about leaving the medicine out.

Anyway, I took the medicine and it made me feel icky so I quit taking it and tried new stuff. To make a long and miserable cold story short, I got better. That weekend I was cleaning up and saw the bottles. But I noticed the cough syrup was almost gone and so I opened the other bottles and sure enough all the pills were about gone.

Now I knew that taking cough syrup to get high had been around for years, but surely my son would not do that!? I went to the computer and started to look it up. Robotripping was what it was called for one thing, though it had many names. It scared me. I found that kids were taking it in such large quantities that at the least they were damaging their livers and at the most they were dying. Yes DYING.

I was aghast and angry. My sons and I talk of everything. Surely this could not have been going on right under my nose and without me knowing? So I waited. You know the “Moms wait” vacillating between anger and fear.

I learned that there are over 250 products with DXM in it and the drug companies that make it don’t want it regulated even if it will keep our teens safe. I learned that is a real addiction just like any other drug but that it was worse in a way because it was legal and easy to get.

As I read the list of symptoms: restlessness, confusion, dizziness, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, impaired physical coordination, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, rapid heart beat, drowsiness, numbness of fingers and toes, and disorientation, my fear only grew.

He came home; I tried hard not to attack. I had done the self Mom talk and I was ready. Calmly I asked, “Are you robot tripping?” He laughed and said, “If you mean am I robotripping, no I am not, I am not that stupid, why? You been on the internet again Mom” So we talked about the missing medicine and found out it was one of his friends (who is now in treatment).

All I can say is that day I found robotripping to be a killer of our teenagers. It is important to communicate and keep aware of your home and what is going on in your world. Even the smallest of things can be an important clue to a problem.

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