Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Poor Man's PCP

I got my first bad cold of the year. I went to CVS to buy Tylenol Cold medicine and the clerk asked me for proof of age! Then she gave me a note that said the following:

Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse
You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase medicine containing dextromethorphan
Here are some excerpts from the wikipedia entry on dextromethorphan (DMX for short):
When taken at doses higher than are medically recommended, dextromethorphan acts as a dissociative hallucinogen. It produces effects similar to those of the controlled substances ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP), which affords it a high potential for abuse.
Dextromethorphan has little to no psychological effect in the doses used medically; however, alteration of consciousness generally occurs following ingestion of approximately 7 to 50 times the therapeutic dose over a relatively short period of time.
Slang terms for DXM often correlate to the brands of cough medicine used, such as "tussin," "robo," "dex," "Red Devils," "Triple C's," "skittles," and "poor man's PCP". Recreational use of DXM is frequently referred to in verb form as "dexing," "tussing," "decked out," "roboing," and "robotripping".
Due to abuse and theft concerns, many retailers in the US have moved DXM-containing products behind the counter so that one must ask a pharmacist to receive them or be 18 years (19 in NJ) or older to purchase them. Some retailers also give out printed warnings about the potential for abuse with the purchase of products containing DXM.
So I bought two bottles instead of one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Didn't know that PCP was expensive.