DXM (Cough Suppressant) Drug Testing

“Undercover” drugs are like prescription drugs, except they’re even easier to get because you don’t need a doctor. Some individuals, and especially teens, are using and abusing over-the-counter drugs like an illegal drug.

The 2016 Monitoring the Future survey showed:

“Cough and cold medicines used to get high (which usually contain dextromethorphan) rose significantly among 8th graders to an annual prevalence of 2.6%, but not among the upper grades [12th grade].”

For these adolescents (and some adults, too), they use everyday cough and cold medicines as a way to get high. While these medicines so have a small amount of alcohol in them, it’s actually overdosing on the dextromethorphan (DXM) that can get them high. When they take way more than the recommended dose (up to 10-50 times more!) they can experience the same effects as traditional illegal drugs.

Test Smartly Labs offers a DXM drug test that can let you know if someone is abusing cold and cough medicines. Contact us today.