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Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs are medications you can buy legally without a doctor’s prescription. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, OTC Drugs are the “most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older, after marijuana (and alcohol).”

OTC drugs are non-habit forming when taken correctly but when abused they can be addictive and just as dangerous as illicit drugs. OTC drug abuse can also lead to adverse health effects such as overdose, high blood pressure and liver damage. They are especially dangerous, even fatal when combined with alcohol or harder drugs. The most highly used OTC drugs by teens include: cough medicine, energy pills, weight loss supplements, laxatives, pain relievers, and allergy medications.
The most commonly abused OTC drugs contain DXM (dextromethorphan). High doses of DXM can distort your visual perceptions, cause dizziness, hallucinations, nausea, loss of coordination and more.

Common Names for OTCs

  • Skittles
  • Robo
  • Triple C
  • Poor Man’s PCP