FDA To Curb Access of Cough Medicine Used For ‘Robotripping’

Like so many household supplies, cough suppressants have found their way into the drug culture. The FDA is now looking into how to restrict the access to dextromethorphan, the “euphoric” ingredient, especially to the targeted “robotripping” group of adolescents. LA Times reports:

Federal health regulators are weighing restrictions on Robitussin, NyQuil and other cough suppressants to curb cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the hospital each year.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted its review of dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in more than 100 over-the-counter medications that is sometimes abused for its euphoric effects. The practice, dubbed “robotripping,” involves taking more than 25 times the recommended dose of a cold medicine and is mainly associated with teenagers.

At high doses the drug causes increased blood pressure, heart rate and fever. Abusers can also suffer side effects from other ingredients mixed in cough medicines, such as acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage.
“Because of the drug’s perceived safety, ease of availability, and desired psychoactive effects, it is sought after by those seeking to alter their mental state,” states the FDA review.

According to the FDA, inappropriate use of the ingredient was linked to nearly 8,000 emergency room visits in 2008. That was up more than 70 percent from reports in 2004.

Continues at LA Times

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  • Hadrian999

    i say let people kill themselves with the stuff if they want,
    this nanny state crap is getting in the way of good old fashioned natural selection

  • connie dobbs

    OMG seriously, Robotrip is a right of passage.

    • Vox Penii

      A “right” of passage?

      Or “rite” of passage?

      Because those words describe different things.

      • connie dobbs

        There’s no place for puns on the internet. So sad.

        • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

          Yeah, we are in serious need of an established “Sarcasm” font and maybe even a “Word Play” font to boot.

  • krbbagel

    well kids, there's always Jenkems (hahahaha) (PS: sorry)

    Seriously though, DXM is a helluva drug and not one I'm particularly anxious to try again. Maybe in this way I survived the natural selection involved with deciding for myself what is right and wrong for me. One day we may even give people enough information to make INFORMED decisions instead of just telling them something is illegal or forbidding them from trying it… (just kidding, this is America).

  • dumbsaint

    Ahh robo-flashbacks. Anyone who goes through the menthol-y hell of imbibing a whole bottle and revisiting it at the loo deserves to trip.

    Doesn't it get used in purple drank over in the states?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Never robo-tripped…but then I was never one for half measures. It was always all or nothing…the serious shit or nothing at all.

    Of course, in retrospect, a little sense of compromise might have been a hot idea…but hey…hindsight is 20/20.

    If 'drug war' culture would get their shit in gear and just concentrate on meth, heroin and coke I'd be fairly well thrilled. Declaring trivial shit like this important enough to restrict access EVEN further than they already have is just sad. Kind of proves they don't really ever plan to enact anything useful…just piddle around the edges and make a living off tax dollars while they worry away at the little shit.

    The other move that would a difference is a treatment based approach to get people squared away with the techniques to moderate their own behavior and cope with their emotions…but thats all 'sticky and complex'…its much easier to throw em in the can every year or two and keep those prisons for profit profitable.

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  • Vox Penii

    A “right” of passage?

    Or “rite” of passage?

    Because those words describe different things.

  • Belcat

    Give it a rest! It’s not like there aren’t a few million different drugs out there for people to get high on. It may just make people use something less “safe”, or more illegal resulting in more funding for the drug cartels.

  • Jamalmohmed

    being a current DXM off and on again addict, this is relieving news to me. after years of abuse, we’re finally catching up with europe and trying to make it prescription. though it wont stop my abuse I assume, as I can find sources for pure DXM easily, which is why I don’t mind this happening as it will curve young people abusing the wrong things and fucking themselves up, thus hopefully toning down the social stigma attached to it. cough medicine is far too easy to obtain for such a profound experience it provides, there are too many people who don’t do their research and end up in the hospital for a number of reasons. simple precautions can be taken to avoid these reasons.

    voxmagi: DXM is no half measure by any means, it is a hardcore dissociative in line with PCP and Ketamine, easily leading to very profound life altering experiences. depending on dose, it can make you have a nice euphoria on a small dose or go to full blown out of body experience/divine revelations/parsecs away from this world/etc.. on a large dose. having had my run with most every mainstream psychedelics and plenty of other designer research chemicals, for some reason my mind is most infatuated with DXM. it is truly an amazing chemical.

  • Earbudcontender

    The problem is not DXM, its all the other crap is cough syrup. I heard that if you tie a string to the tip of the bottle and spin it around in a circle you can concentrate the DXM on the top of the bottle like when oil meets water, is this true? I tried Robo tripping before but the whole severe liver damage made it weird, so ill stick to boomers. I heard people see visions in anime form cartoon creatures with big eyes

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