Sue Scheff: Robo Tripping – Cough Syrup and Teens Drug Abuse

Is your teen Robo tripping?

Robo tripping” is one of several colloquialisms used to describe getting high from – of all things – cough medicine. Get it? “Robo” or Robitussin. The high comes from ingesting large doses of dextromethorphan, found in over-the-counter cough suppressants such as syrups and lozenges.

Stop Medicine Abuse has educating parents on cough syrup abuse and over the counter (OTC) drug abuse.  Many parents are very aware of street drugs such as marijuana or ectascy, but do not understand the risks of medicines that are readily available in their home.

Recent studies among middle and high school aged kids across the country show a disturbing form of substance abuse among teens: the intentional abuse of otherwise beneficial medications, both prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC), to get high.

According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, one in five teens reports having abused a prescription drug to get high. Where OTC medicines are concerned, data from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America indicate that one in 10 teens reports having abused OTC cough medicines to get high, and 28 percent know someone who has tried it.

Sources:, First Coast News