Mom Warns Against Legal Drug Abuse

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 5:26pm

EL PASO – An El Paso mother is warning against a new and dangerous trend among teens.

It's called robotripping, and it can easily wreck lives.

Deb said before her son, Nick, got hooked on cough syrup and other over-the-counter medicines, he was a normal teenager. However, she said that all changed after he became addicted.

“His grades just bombed. That was definitely something that happened. His social life changed, his priorities changed. We did nothing but argue, because he was so angry,” said Deb.

Deb said her son even stole to feed his habit.

“One time, he finally did get caught at k-mart-- cough medicine is what he took. I told the security guard, I said, 'next time, have him arrested.'”

Now that Nick has been sober for seven months, he told us he can't explain how he got hooked.

“I ended up getting a bottle and taking it with me on my family vacation, and from there, it just kind of progressed to everyday,” said Nick.

The 16-year-old claims over-the-counter drugs are being abused more than you'd think.

“Just because it's widespread, you can get it anywhere,” said Nick.

One of the many side-effects associated with robotripping include hallucinations. There are a few videos on youtube, showing kids taping themselves while allegedly high on cough syrup.

Deb said because of widespread abuse, it should be tougher for kids to get their hands on the stuff.

“I want this cough medicine to where you have to go to the pharmacist or to the person working at the counter and get this medicine,” added Deb.

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