Teen usage of cold and cough medicines to get high is a major problem in the U.S., reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Any fan of The Basketball Diaries can tell you that barely legals have used over-the-counter meds to get high since the dawn of NyQuil, but a recent study by SAMHSA shows that the number of people age 12-25 who use large doses of cold medicine to create hallucinations is at about 3.1 million. Many adolescents are mixing the cold medicines with other substances — like Britney with her "purple drank" of vodka, NyQuil and Red Bull — but the key ingredient to cause hallucinations in large doses is the cough suppressant DXM.
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