The new drug of choice for some teens is skittling. It is called skittling by teens because of popular over-the-counter cold medications such as Coricidin HBP which looks like candy. These over-the-counter medications contain the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. In large doses dextromethorphan can cause hallucinations. It only costs a few dollars, it is not illegal to posses, and chances are your teen is probably aware of it. Teens that are involved in skittling run the risk of coma, a dangerous decrease in breathing, and even seizures. There is no lingering smell so many teens feel they can hide skittling from their parents. Unfortunately teens can learn all about skittling from friends or on the Internet. Many parents have never heard of this rapidly growing problem but chances are your teenager has. There are signs of skittling that parents should be aware of. Look for cold medication in backpacks, your teenager's bedroom, or purses. Other signs include medication missing from your medicine cabinet or any changes in mood, behavior, or appearance.
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