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Parents Warned About “Triple C” Use By Youth

Local officials are warning about a chemical found in some over-the-counter medication that some youth are using as a recreational drug.  It’s called Dextromethorphan, otherwise known as DXM, “Triple C,” or skittles, and typically is in the form of red pills.  Debby Jones of YouthThink of Wasco County says abuse of DXM can result in a hallucinogenic effect that can happen fairly quickly, but also place the user in a paranoid state.  Excessive use of DXM can also include a loss of coordination, slurred speech, sweating, and lethargy.  Jones says they are trying to awareness of DXM among parents so they can know what to look for if they suspect their child may be using drugs.