Cough Syrup Detox And Treatment In British Columbia
Cough medicines are common over the counter drugs sold all throughout British Columbia. Prescription cough medicine contains codeine, which is a strong opioid. Over the counter cough medicine is made with DXM or dextromethorphan, which is a cough suppressant. DXM is an opioid without the effects of pain reduction and does not act on the opioid receptors. A large amount of DXM does create a depressive effect and sometimes a hallucinogenic effect when mixed with other drugs. Both prescription and over the counter cough medicine can be abused. Over the counter cough medicine is commonly abused by younger people because of how easy the drugs are to obtain.
When cough medicine is abused it is done with other drugs such as alcohol or even illicit drugs. The purpose of combining drugs is to intensify the effects of cough medicine. Over the counter drugs are those that can be sold directly to someone without a prescription, and cough medicine with DXM in it has the potential for abuse. When cough medicines are being abused people swallow large quantities of the medicine and sometimes mix it with soda for flavor or alcohol. The short-term effects of DXM misuse can include effects similar to being intoxicated or under the influence of marijuana. Large amounts of the drug combined with other drugs can create a euphoric effect.
It is possible to overdose on cough medicine with DXM and the overdose can be treated with the proper medical help. The misuse of DXM in cough medicine will lead to addiction, and the person abusing the drugs will require drug treatment. Throughout the province of British Columbia are different types of drug treatment programs to help addicts. The detox process is essential and will help an addict stabilize before they start treatment. Once detox is complete, the best form of treatment will either be short-term or long-term programs, such as what could be offered in an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab center. Over the counter cough medicines are safe to use when taken as directed, but too much of them will cause you to feel high and they do have the potential for abuse.
Prescription cough medicine is dangerous because of the codeine, which is an addictive opioid drug. Prescription cough medicine is often abused by teens who are prescribed it, or their parents are keeping it in a place that is easily accessible for them to find the drug. Codeine is a prescription opioid that treats mild pain and acts as a cough suppressant. However, the drug does create dependency and abuse problems when it is taken not as directed by the prescribing doctor. Cough syrups have been used for years and are found in stores all throughout the province. The drugs are appealing to adolescents because they can purchase them easily and are under the impression it will produce a euphoric high.
Parents with teens should be aware of the over the counter drugs they keep in the house. These types of drugs should be kept out of reach, and alcohol should also be kept out of reach. The combination of cough medicine and alcohol is dangerous and causes serious adverse effects. It is estimated that one in ten teens abused cough syrups at one point during their life. Typically, people between the ages of 12 and 25 will abuse these drugs. Drug rehabilitation will help someone who is addicted to cough medicine as it is often part of a larger drug problem involving other substances.