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Growing Teen Abuse of Snurf Pills

Experts Say Abuse of 'Herbal' Snurf Pills, Over-the-Counter Drugs Is Up in Young Teens

Snurf Pills Herbal? continued...

"DXM definitely has toxicity. At the drug doses the kids take -- six to 12 times the regular dose -- you can have serious toxicities, especially if they take cough syrup that contains antihistamines or Tylenol," she says. "Even at lower doses that give some impairment, kids can get into dangerous situations. It is the combination of toxicity and impairment that leads to harm."

Windle warns that "these products can produce a very severe side effect that under some conditions could require hospitalization or even result in death."

Levine warns parents to take stock of their medicine cabinets, including nonprescription drugs.

"I would just warn parents to be cognizant of what their children are like; to know their daily routines and to know if they are too tired, or if their school performance off," she says. "Talk to kids. They should know these are serious medicines. Injuries and even deaths can occur."

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