Dextromethorphan Abuse and Dependence in Adolescents

  title={Dextromethorphan Abuse and Dependence in Adolescents},
  author={Sarah C. Akerman and John L. Hammel and Mary F. Brunette},
  journal={Journal of Dual Diagnosis},
  pages={266 - 278}
Dextromethorphan, a semi-synthetic morphine derivative, is a widely available antitussive in many over-the-counter cough and cold preparations. When taken in large amounts, it produces a high and effects similar to PCP. Emergency room and poison control data suggest that abuse of this substance has increased in the past decade. Adolescents, particularly those with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, seem to be at higher risk for abuse of and dependence on dextromethorphan than… 
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