“Robo-Tripping” on Cough and Cold Medicine

What I am about to share is something that I have been aware of several years, spanning back to my teenage days.  It is something that is called “robo tripping.”

I was reminded of “Robo-Tripping” by reading a headline article found on FoxNews.com titled “Robo-Tripping on the Rise

But what exactly is “robo-tripping?” 

“Robo-tripping” gets its name from those that would overuse an over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine called Robitussin.  Knowing how nasty some of the cough and cold medicines taste, why in the world would anyone want to drink so much of it?

The reason why someone would want to drink so much Robitussin or any other OTC cough and cold medicine is due to the side affects that the cough suppressant, DMX, may cause, such as “disorientation, blurred vision, slurred speech, and vomiting.”  In a general gist, the “feelings” that someone will get physically speaking are similar to overusing an alcoholic beverage.   

In fact, the government has reported that nearly “3.1 million people between the ages of 12-25 have used cough and cold medicine to get high” (FoxNews.com).  Not only is this the case, those that abuse cough and cold medicine are very likely to abuse other drugs as well.  Why do I say this?  I say this because of the 3.1 million who abused cough and cold medicine, nearly 82% of them have also used marijuana and nearly 50% of them have “used inhalants or hallucinogens, such as LSD or Ecstasy” (FoxNews).

This issue is no laughing matter.  The abuse of cough and cold medicine poses a personal physical threat, as well as the threat of leading youth, and adults for that matter, to abuse other drugs as well. 

The side effects to abusing cough and cold medicine can range from vomiting, cardiac arrest (where your heart stops beating), muscle spasms, and delirium (a condition that causes you to see and hear things that do not actually exist) (Watch this video to see an animated explanation of everything http://www.dxmstories.com/effects.html)

Ultimately, one’s physical, emotional, or social well-being is not the major problem, their eternity is.  How do I get by saying that?  Glad you asked.  God has spoken to us in His Word and said, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5.18). 

Does not this speak to getting drunk?  Yes, it does.  What we have to realize is the principal behind the Scripture.  What do you think it is? 

It is simply this, do not abuse any substance, rather it be alcohol, cough and cold medicine, marijuana, LSD, and/or even food, that would physically impair someone.  What I mean is that the overindulgence of a substance, such as alcohol, that physically impairs our motor skills and ability to make decisions is unacceptable. 

Also, check this link out to watch videos of those that have abused DMX and how bad it effected their life and what it lead them to do (http://www.dxmstories.com/watch.html)

For parents and caregivers.  Be aware of what cough and cold medicines you keep stocked in your house.  The cough suppressant DMX that causes these afore mentioned side affects is found in nearly 140 cough and cold medicines (FoxNews).  Don’t be naive, simply put all of your cough and cold medicines in a safe place out of reach.  For God has told us through His Word, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (Romans 13.14). 

If you find yourself in some sort of cycle of falling to the temptation of abusing cough and cold medicine, or any other substance for that matter, then know that you are not alone.  In fact, the gentleman who wrote the above quoted Scriptures and the vast majority of the New Testament had the following to say: “But I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.  For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate…For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of good is not.  For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want” (Romans 7.15-19). 

Being caught in this predicament of not being able to do the good that he wanted to do, but rather the very evil that he despised, Paul was led to confess “Wretched man that I am!  Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7.24). 

After continually succumbing to the sinful desires within him, Paul was capable of seeing that he, as well as the rest of us, are sinful and wretched people who are bound by the chains of sin.  Who can set us free from these chains?  How can we escape their grasp?  What can pull us up from the depths that they have brought us down to?  Is it will power?  Is it learning?  Is it attending church?  Is it helping an old lady across the street?  Or maybe it’s giving money to the person panhandling on the side of the street?  Truthfully, it is not one of these good deeds.

Then what or who can save us and set us free?  I’m glad you asked and I will allow Paul himself finish up his thoughts, “Who will set me free from the body of this death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7.24-25). 

When you find yourself tempted to “robo-trip” on cough and cold medicine or any other substance of any kind then turn to Jesus Christ and call out to Him and He will set you free.  If you find yourself bound to sin and in need of someone to save you and set you free from it, then turn to Jesus Christ and He will.   

If you have committed to Jesus Christ for the first time, then please, by all means, let me know.  I would love to talk more with you about it.   

Finally, if you personally abuse or know of someone that does, DMX, and you want to check-out some counseling and treatment options, then go to this site http://www.dxmstories.com/help.html to get all of the information that you need and more. 


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