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Juul, Triple C are the latest teen drug trends

April 25, 2018 GMT

LOGAN — At first look, it appears to be nothing more than a USB flash drive. In reality, though, the small device represents a new trend booming in popularity among school-aged teens.

The Juul, a small portable pod that stores nicotine, is said to have as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

One can hide it in the palm of the hand, in a backpack, pants pocket or just about anywhere you can store it.

One must be 18 to buy it, but students are somehow getting their hands on them and know how to use them.

Prestera Center Regional Prevention Coordinator Tim White said kids are buying them, carrying them around schools and that teachers and staff think it is just a thumb drive.

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“It looks like a thumb drive and you plug it into your computer to heat it up,” White said.

White read a statement from a middle school student describing the latest trend. It read:

“Everybody else was hitting it, so I was like I wanted to try it. I knew it had nicotine in it, but I had no idea that it had so much. When I hit into it the first time, it was like really crazy. I felt a really big buzz off of barely anything. It hurt my throat more than anything else I have done. I hit it and coughed immediately at first it was just fine. It was something that you could do any where and it was so easy that it just became something I was doing nonstop but I just felt the buzz. I would go crazy if I didn’t have it. I don’t even feel the buzz anymore.”

Another trend that White is concerned about regarding students was the presence of Triple C’s, also known as Corcidin HBP Cough and Cold.

“They are crushing the pills and snorting them,” White said. “It contains dextromethorphan (DXM), which is the exact same stuff that is used in Robitussin. That is why kids are getting high off of it.”

Other active ingredients of Triple C’s include acetominophen, used as a pain reliever, and pseudoepherine, which is a nasal decongestant. The latter ingredient is used to make meth.

Triple C’s can be bought over the counter and are available without a prescription.

The medication used to treat cough and cold symptoms as well as upper respiratory allergies produces hallucinations and a sense of dissociation when misused, White said.

White said there are number of slang terms on the street that students are referring to Triple C’s.

Orange crush, Triple C, Skittles, Red Devils, DXM, Vitamin D, Robo and Candy are terms used on the street.

“If you see kids carrying Triple C in their backpacks,” White said. “Then that is probably what they are doing.”

Bill Lusk is a news and sports reporter for the Logan Banner and can be reached at 304-896-5198.

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