KATY (Covering Katy News) – One of the new drugs of choice for teenagers is a super concentrated cough syrup that’s distributed by DXM Pharmaceuticals located on Commercial Center Boulevard in Katy/Fort Bend County. It’s legal. It costs about $6 per bottle and if you can’t find it in the store, it’s easy to find on Amazon.
The active ingredient is dextromethorphan, a medication used as a cough suppressant. It can be found in a variety of cough syrups, tablets, and lozenges but with Robo Cough, it’s much more concentrated. Amazon sells a 12 pack and the packaging comes with a warning to parents. There may be other warnings on the packaging too, but parents are not getting the message in all cases.
“It would be like them buying a large bottle of cough syrup at the store and drinking the entire bottle,” Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price told KETK TV in Tyler. “Now, they can just buy a small bottle, take a couple of gulps and you got the same effect.”
It’s packaged in the same way as an energy drink so parents are often overlooking the little bottles when they find them, not realizing what their kids are actually consuming. Each little bottle is like taking 4 days worth of cough syrup in one dose. Combine the active ingredient with other household drugs like Tylenol or Advil and it could produce a fatal result according to Dr. Monique Mills, a pediatrician at UT Health East Texas.
“For whatever reason, even something as simple as acetaminophen or ibuprofen and working in combination, impairing the metabolism of the drugs or causing the metabolism to be accelerated, even an ounce and a half can lead to death. It can be fatal,” Mills told KETK TV.
See the special KETK report below.