Addicted to cough syrup?
I have a love and hate relationship with medicine. I loathe them for the bitter taste that sometimes makes me gag (especially with antibiotic syrups), and then again I love you cause if not for you I wouldn’t get better, probably even die. PHEW, thanks for being there.
We all get the over the counter drugs for our home in case we have a sore throat or a pain killer for our headaches and what not, but did you know that there are people who are addicted to some of these drugs? And that a lot of them are children!
Cough syrups are meant for when you have a cough or a sore throat; however a lot of people take a dose every time they can’t go to sleep (some cough syrups make you drowsy). Some just take it for fun. Why? Because it gets them high.
Believe it or not it is true, I’ve heard too many stories where kids open the cabinet to get the medicine and chug down cough syrup. I remember when I was talking about this topic with my friends one of them interrupted me and said, “Dude my little sister does that. She just opens the fridge and finishes the entire bottle.” I just looked at her and asked her if she knew how dangerous and irresponsible that was. I asked her if her parents knew about it, to which she replied that they did and they scream at her but she still does it.
Did you know that thousands of kids, and I mean pre-teens, in the United States carry cough syrup with them in school and get high off it during breaks?
However, the problem isn’t only in children. Adults do it too. Cough medicine is cheap to purchase, you don’t need a prescription and it’s readily available in any general store. It’s surprising as to how a lot of people don’t really see this as a serious issue.
Parents, keep an eye on your kids, if you ever hear, “Mmm yummy !“, after your child had syrup, keep that medicine out of reach!
I understand that you can’t keep constant surveillance on your children but at least make sure to keep the medicine out of your children’s reach and talk to them about the dangers of overdose. A lot of children and adults are hospitalized with over dose of cough syrup.
To the grown ups out there having a problem with addiction to cough syrups seek proper medical care, remember not being able to sleep is no reason to take drugs. For those who only take cough syrup to get high, remember, you can die.
So what do you think? Have you ever had cough syrup just for fun? Know anybody who does?
Let us know!