Saturday, February 28, 2009


(This blog is written to inform parents & others of the disturbing trends of teenagers.)

Coricidin Cough and Cold HBP (CCC) is an over-the-counter cold medication that is safe for people with high blood pressure to take to treat cold symptoms.

To teenagers and young adults, it is known as Triple C, skittles, Red Devils, Robo, and Poor Man’s PCP, because when taken in large quantities, it produces hallucinations and dissociative effects similar to those experienced with PCP. On the street, it is known as "Robo-tripping” and “skittling”. It's easy access and low cost makes it more attractive to teenagers than other street drugs. It is easily shop-lifted.

The main, active ingredient in Coricidin, Robitussin and other cold medications is Dextromethorphan or DXM. Additional ingredients, including pain relievers and antihistamines, produces additional side effects and compounds the risks associated with DXM.

  • Increased body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Numbness of fingers and toes
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Brain damage
  • Possible overdose and death

  • Hyperexcitability
  • Lethargy
  • Ataxia (lack of coordination)
  • Slurred speech
  • Sweating
  • Hypertension
  • Nystagmus (shaking or wobbling of the eyes)

I became familiar with this drug when my daughter, Hollie, and her friend "almost" over-dosed (yes, between the ages of 13 and almost 17 my daughter kept me on my toes). My niece had a friend who took 18 Coricidin pills at one time, and he suffered a stroke. Hollie took 19 pills at one time (wanting to get high). I don't know how many her friend took. Hollie passed out (this was after school while I was still at work). Luckily, her friend's brother was there and woke her up long enough for her to call her grandmother, who came and rushed her to the emergency room. She was fortunate enough to have survived, but it scared her to the point where she won't even take a Tylenol now.
So if you ever hear your teen and their friends talking about Triple C, skittles, Red Devils or if they say someone is “robo-trippin”, you really need to pay attention to what is being said, and ask questions, because their life could depend on it.
The day after this experience, Hollie told me what happened while she was passed out. She said she saw a bright light and off in the distance were these large, golden gates. She said it was very peaceful, but it was only there for a couple of seconds, and then everything went black. She said she felt she was in a pit. It was dark, smoky, and she heard a lot of moaning. Then she said she felt she was on fire; her arms, her legs, feet, all over. Her friend said she was screaming, "put me out, I'm on fire". Then they woke her up and called her grandmother. So, I told her that I believe at that moment God chose to give her a glimpse of what Heaven would be like and a glimpse of how it would feel in Hell. She was given a second chance, and luckily she is taking all this very seriously. As I said in my other post, this fall she will enroll in college to become a youth minister, so she can help other teens.



Elle said...

What a scary experience for you and your daughter! Thank God she survived and now making a difference in other trend's lives.

Dayna Musto said...

Wow - I'm a mom of a 15 year old and I'm so glad I found this story and your blog. I'm visiting from VB and am now following you. God bless you and take care.

Anonymous said...

My son's friend was just questioned by the police then paramedics were called because he was on triple c. What are symptoms that would tell if my son is also abusing. He is sleepy the point that i am worried. Is triple c addictive?

Anonymous said...

yes triple c's are addicting i am a fellow teen who was paid by specialists to overdose to study it i was under A LOT of supervision but it was a stupid idea because now i am even addicted its stupid and idk why i allowed myself to do it

Savannah Pogue said...

i have recently and still am addicted to triple cs but im not taking them anymore and am also a out patient in rehab at Our Lady of Peace(no copy write(?))They are very addicting and its very unique high but unlike most i took very high doses more than others. i took up to about 60+ triple cs a day, taking about 20+ at a time it made me very angry when i was on them but then i would laugh very psychotically sometimes followed by crying. i also have had depression, suicidal tendencies, bi-polar tendencies, cutting addiction and abandonment issues. i have also had a tough life and family trouble and had been bullied at school for several years. So that drove me to abuse drugs. while i was on them i tried to kill my mothers faience 3 different times in (false)protection. i hurt my boyfriend of 3 months very badly (not physically) days before. i made 2 of my best friends get addicted to them in a process of about 3 months. most recently, it was this weekend of the 3rd and 4th she and another one had to go to the E.R. i cant put names but one was a male the other female. the female is 12 and cut her self with an industrial razor blade while on them, she has all of the disorders/issues that i did and more. she is now an out patient in rehab also, she went saturday. the male is 16 and has the same as both and had to be rushed to the hospital but it was too late the pills has already kicked in. the flushed its blood in an IV with saline and he is now ok, he went sunday. i continue to see them and we are all on a road to recovery and healing. i have a brother who is 20 and is visiting to help me through rehab and is moving in again soon. he was recently faced with a hard decision that could risk his life but i cant be specific due to privacy. i want to help any one who needs it to get off triple cs because it will tare families s apart and will eventually kill you, trust me. it almost tore mine apart and i know many people whos has for the same reason. theres no reason to say goodbye to your son or daughter for some stupid red pill. you can fine me on Facebook for any help or questions. One more thing, i hope to write a book about everything ive faced in life so hopefully i can help other families. thanks for reading :)

Unknown said...

I didn't know anything about Triple C's or that my 15 year old was using it. Until one day he came right up to me and wasn't acting normal. Within 5 minutes he couldn't sit, he was sweating and his heart rate was fast. my oldest son had to carry him to the couch while I called 911. I was absolutely panicked, he was going in and out, meaning that his eyes would close and I couldn't understand anything he said, by the time the paramedics arrived he wasn't talking at all. Before that happened he told me he took C's. I thought he meant See's and that he had a reaction. He was put on a respirator and put on IV's. We almost lost him. My husband and I were in the hospital for 24 hrs with him. I found out that while longboarding he'd steal them from stores. He started out taking 8, then 12, then 16 and that horrible day he took 32, because someone told him he'd have a great "trip" on them.
I watch him constantly now, he goes to school and comes home. The only thing is, I don't know if he gets the meds from school and I don't know how to tell if he using them. I didn't know before until it was too late. His eyes never went red when he was doing them. I want to know how I can tell. I check his backpack when he's not there, I check his pockets when he's wearing them. But, I heard that kids hide them in their boxers or shoes.
What's a parent to do?

Anonymous said...

I've done them, and currently do. You can tell because your pupils will get really big when you take them.

Anonymous said...

I have been off triple cs for a year now took sixty a day for three months it has ruined my body my back is shot my liver is screwed and in twenty years old biggest mistake of my life

Laura said...

Hi, I'm here through #SITSBlogging. I've got 2 teen girls. The oldest keeps me on my toes. Thanks for sharing your story.

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