Some Teens Getting High on Cough Medicine

It’s easy to think “It won’t happen in my family.”  That is, until the day your life changes forever.  That happened to Christy, whose 18-year-old son Ryan ended up with a 13-year prison sentence for an armed robbery he committed while high on cough medicine.  Christy described her family as a “normal” suburban family, and her relationship with her son as a good one.    Misty’s son Carl had been getting high with friends at sleepovers…again on high doses of cough medicine.  Unfortunately, Carl’s mom, Misty, found Carl dead one day, from a lethal mix of several drugs, including dextromethorphan (DXM), the active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough medicines.

These two moms have joined with others to get the word out about this danger to teens.  One in ten teens has gotten high on over-the-counter cough medicine, and one third of teens know someone who has taken cough medicine to get high.  Find out more at