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Five teens charged with theft after overdosing on medicine
    #1259736 - 01/29/03 06:37 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

PORTLAND  - Five kids in Aloha who overdosed on cold medicine have now been charged with theft after police say they stole the pills from a Fred Meyer store.

A middle-school boy remains in critical condition at Oregon Health Science University after he and four friends swallowed around 80 cold pills during what police say was a four-hour race between friends to see who could get the greatest high.

Click to listen to the 911 call for help

The boy in critical condition took 37 of the Coricidin
HBP Cough & Cold Medicine tablets. A 13-year-old girl ingested 20
pills. She was being treated at Providence St. Vincent Medical
Center. Hospital officials would not disclose her condition.

Twin 16-year-old boys swallowed 10 and six tablets,
respectively, and another 12-year-old boy took nine pills.

"They actually thought it was a joke," said Sheriff's Cpl.
Grady Nelson. "Even in the interviews in the hospital, they still
didn't take it seriously. . . . They didn't think that it could be
life or death."

Coricidin is the brand name for an over-the-counter cold remedy
usually suggested for people suffering from high blood pressure.
The tablets contain dextromethorphan -- which is relatively safe --
and chlorpheniramine maleate. In high doses, the drugs can be

An overdose of the medicine can cause elevated body temperature
and heart rates, impaired judgment, loss of coordination,
dizziness, nausea, hot flashes, accelerated heartbeat, slurred
speech, tremors, seizures and death.

"It's not really new," said Ken Magee, assistant special agent
in charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Portland
office. "It's something that has been going on for years. The
trend is more children are beginning to use it."

Coricidin is attractive because teens can carry it openly,
unlike alcohol and marijuana, said Nicole Guillory-Miller, director
of youth addiction at Tualatin Valley Centers, a mental health and
addiction center.

She estimates 5 percent to 10 percent of the center's 150
teenage patients have abused or overdosed on Coricidin. Another 20
to 30 percent have tried it.

"It's very popular among middle- and upper-class kids,"
Guillory-Miller said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

...sounds like these kids could have used an Other Drugs Forum  :smirk: 

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Re: Five teens charged with theft after overdosing on medicine [Re: bowling-name]
    #1259931 - 01/29/03 08:06 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Hey, anyone takeing odds on when this medicine is put on the DEA watch list?

And I think those kids just needed a decent joint.

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Re: Five teens charged with theft after overdosing on medicine [Re: mr freedom]
    #1261840 - 01/30/03 12:59 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

jesus kids have gotten stupid


You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

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