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Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB]
    #4675624 - 09/17/05 11:59 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine
September 17, 2005 - theomahachannel.com

Triple C Apparently Caused 15-Year-Old To Lose Consciousness
OMAHA, Neb. -- A 15-year-old girl is hospitalized after overdosing on Coricidin Cough and Cold medicine. The over-the-counter drug, sometimes called "triple C," can cause hallucinations. Teenagers have made "skittling" a popular pastime.

Samantha DeCamp is in intensive care after taking too much Coricidin. Her father, Patrick, said he never saw it coming. Now, he wants to prevent it from happening to other kids. He said his daughter took about 40 pills and passed out in a friend's bathroom.

Samantha DeCamp is a junior in high school and an honor student. She's now in intensive care. Her father is watching over her hospital bed after he was recently released from a hospital himself.

"She'd stopped breathing at one point. They had to put her on a ventilator," Patrick DeCamp said.

His daughter has turned the corner, and is now recovering. Patrick said he made a startling discovery when he took a break from his daughter's side and searched her bedroom at home.

"There's about 58 boxes in here," he said.

Patrick DeCamp found Coricidin, all containing the ingredient dextromethorphan, which causes hallucinations when taken in large doses. At $6 a box, it's a cheap high for teens and it's available over the counter. DeCamp said retailers should be more cautious about selling it to teens.

"If they look underage, ID them for their cough and cold pills," he said.

Substance abuse experts agree. Kersten Borer, of ABH Health Services, said Corcidin's active ingredient concentration can make overdoses harmful enough to cause heart problems.

"Coricidin has more milligrams per dose of DXM than other over-the-counter cough suppressants, so that makes it even more dangerous," Borer said.

Borer said some retailers have noted the increasing abuse by teenagers, and taken steps to monitor its sale.

Patrick DeCamp said Samantha got her Coricidin at an Omaha Target store. Calls to Target headquarters in Minnesota seeking comment were not returned.

A local pharmacist said sale of Coricidin is not regulated in the way that other medications, such as Claritin, are so people are able to buy large quantities of Coricidin during one store visit.

Samantha DeCamp is responsive, and she's expected to pull through, according to her father.

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Invisibledblaney
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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: veggie]
    #4675643 - 09/18/05 12:02 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Harm reduction, not abstinence! Sheesh people are hard-headed.

Prohibiting the sale of cold medicine to minors is a silly idea, because minors get colds and thus often buy cold medicine.

Anyways, don't do CCC or any form of DXM unless you have researched it very well.


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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: dblaney]
    #4675671 - 09/18/05 12:10 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Don't do CCC period. I doubt it was the DXM that did this to her.


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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: Ravus]
    #4675733 - 09/18/05 12:25 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I'd be willing to bet money it was the anti-histamines they put in there. That stuff is not good for you at all.


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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: dblaney]
    #4675831 - 09/18/05 12:45 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I don't know where you're from, but here, you have to be over the age of 16 or 18 to buy O.T.C.'s

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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: LipaYai5]
    #4676633 - 09/18/05 04:36 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

it definatly wasnt the dxm. If it was the DXM then thenewuser would be dead now. It was definatly the other stuff in the CCC's.


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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: veggie]
    #4677995 - 09/18/05 05:08 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

If a kid is going to do DXM and is dumb enough to grab CCC instead of something safe like DexAlone, they should reevaluate their purpose for being on this planet.


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Re: Teen Overdoses On Cold Medicine [NB] [Re: DNKYD]
    #4678200 - 09/18/05 06:18 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

if they would just legalize mushrooms, im sure kids would much rather enjoy that than a shitty ass dxm dose.


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