Cough Syrup Detox And Treatment In New Brunswick
Cough medicine is a widely abused substance throughout Canada and there are two types of cough medicine that can be abused. Over the counter cough medicine are found in most medicine cabinets in New Brunswick. The primary drug in over the counter cough medicine in DXM or dextromethorphan, which is an opioid, but does not produce the same euphoric effects as traditional opioids. DXM does not cause the same type of severe addiction as opioids. Prescription cough medicine has codeine as the primary drug. Codeine is a mild opioid pain medication and is also used as a cough suppressant while being addictive creating dependency with prolonged use.
Teens are more likely to abuse cough medicine because they can get them easily and without a prescription. Adolescents can learn how to use the drug and where to buy it from the information they will find online. Parents should be aware of the potential for abuse with cough medicine because it can lead to the abuse of other drugs. Over the counter cough medicine is often abused with alcohol and other drugs to amplify the effects of the drug. There are some different stages of intoxication with DXM abuse, and these are often felt with larger amounts of the drug. The effects can range from a mild buzz or out of body feeling, and also include hallucinations, paranoia, and aggression. The effects of these drugs can last from 30 minutes to up to 6 hours.
Prescription cough medicine with codeine is addictive, and the effects include euphoria, sedation, memory loss, and loss of coordination. Codeine will also cause withdrawal symptoms, dissociation, seizures, and cravings leading to addiction. It is easy to overdose on this drug because opioids depress breathing to the point of oxygen deprivation, while the person is asleep. The combination of alcohol and opioids increases this risk. Codeine based cough suppressants are much harder to obtain and adolescents who abuse these drugs will typically use over the counter cough medicine. However, it is important for parents to keep prescription cough medicine out of the reach of children to prevent addiction and substance abuse.
Over the counter cough medicine is safe to use when taken as directed, and most parents may not think twice about how these drugs are abused. However, when large amounts are used it does produce an effect, and if you consume too much your body can overheat. DXM based cough medications may also have acetaminophen in them. Too much acetaminophen and DXM will cause high blood pressure, liver damage, and central nervous system and heart problems. There are warning signs that parents can look for if their child is abusing cough medicine. If you start to find empty boxes or blister packs of cough medicine at home or school, this is a strong indicator.
When cough medicine starts to go missing from your home, or they are hanging around a different crowd of friends, this will be a sign they are abusing the drug. The internet also makes it easy for adolescents to have access to buy illegal drugs. Parents should take the time to speak to their kids about drugs and alcohol and the risk involved with abusing them. Roughly 1 in 30 teens have said they have used DXM to get high, and 1 in 4 teens admit to knowing someone who uses DXM to get high. The easy accessibility of these drugs makes it appealing for teens who are starting to abuse drugs.
Drug treatment programs in New Brunswick can help teens who are abusing cough medicine. There are detox programs in the province, and inpatient and outpatient centers. Choosing the best type of treatment is important because you should select a program that will meet your treatment needs. The length of time you need in treatment would be determined by the severity of the addiction.