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Dextromethorphan Abuse in Texas, 2000–2009 (2011)

Dextromethorphan Abuse in Texas, 2000–2009 (2011)

  1. Calliope
    Journal of Addictive Diseases, 30:3, 243-247

    Mathias B. Forrester BS

    Abstract
    Dextromethorphan abuse is increasing in United States. Intentional misuse or abuse ingestions of dextromethorphan-containing products reported to Texas poison centers during 2000–2009
    were identified and the distribution of ingestions by selected factors was determined. There were 3,421 total cases; Coricidin® (Schering-Plough Health Care Products, Inc., Memphis, TN) products were involved in 53.6% of cases. The number of cases increased during 2000–2002 and then declined during 2003–2005 before increasing again in 2006 and remaining relatively constant afterward. The majority of patients were male (60.4%) and between 13 and 19 years of age (69.0%). A potentially serious outcome was assigned in 46.2% of the cases and 83.1% were managed at a health care facility.
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