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Over-the-counter drug abuse serious

January 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
We've heard a lot about prescription drug abuse, but a new government report shows over-the-counter use is quite serious, especially among the young.The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says about 3.1 million people between the ages of 12-25 have used cough and cold medicine to get high.

That's the same number of young people who've used the recreational drug LSD.

The cough suppressant DXM is found in more than 140 cold preparations. When taken in large amounts, DXM can cause disorientation, blurred vision, slurred speech and vomiting.