Dextromethorphan (DXM)

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Dextromethorphan (DXM)

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Dextromethorphan: Why it’s not just cough medicine

“It’s just cough medicine! Why do you want to see my ID?” asked a frustrated customer at the pharmacy counter. The woman was quite annoyed when asked to provide identification to purchase medication that she had been using for cold symptoms since childhood.

“It’s not the stuff people use to make meth, right?” she questioned.  She was correct. The product was not the over-the-counter (OTC) congestion relief medication (pseudoephedrine), which is an important ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine, but rather the cough medicine dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM can also be abused but many people are unaware of the dangers related to misuse of DXM.

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