Our sincere condolences to the Castaldo family on the tragic loss of their 16-year-old son. The loss of a child is something that no parent ever wants to face. With recent reports that this unfortunate drowning was linked to dextromethorphan intoxication (or DXM), it’s important for parents to learn more about risks associated with the abuse of cough medicine. Studies show that almost 5 percent of teens abuse DXM, an active ingredient found in many cough and cold medications. Often described as triple c; robo-tripping or skittling, the abuse of DXM can produce hallucinations, confusion, blurred vision and loss of motor control. Parents are reminded to safely secure all prescription and over-the-counter medication to help protect children. Unwanted and expired household medication can be safely disposed at one of our Operation Medicine Cabinet® permanent drop boxes conveniently located throughout Collier County. To avoid further tragedies, Drug Free Collier encourages talking to teens and pre-teens about substance abuse.
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