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    Man Is Concerned About Friend’s Cough Syrup Abuse

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    Man Is Concerned About Friend’s Cough Syrup Abuse

    Caller: 24-year old man calling on behalf of childhood friend

    Problem: Dextromethorphan (cough syrup)

    Seeking: Drug rehab program that can deal with this addiction

    Reason(s): The man is concerned that one of his childhood friends is abusing cough medication in order to indulge a dextromethorphan addiction. Despite the fact that the caller has heard of cough syrup addiction before, he thought it was nothing more than an ‘urban legend’ and something that only happened in rap songs. The caller said, “I remember coming over to his place to play videogames, and there’s this Styrofoam cup there that actually is inside another cup. I was thinking he swung by some fast-food place earlier, but it was just a cup with nothing on it”. According to the caller, he went back later in the week to stop by unexpectedly and noticed another cup and a few bottles of cough syrup tossed at the top of the garbage pile. The caller said, “I sort of called him out on it in a joking way, something along the lines of ‘I did not know you were a rap star’ or something like that, he got real defensive after that which kind of surprised me. I am not even sure if you can rehab for this sort of thing, but I told him that I think he needs help and I just sort of shut the door behind me when I left. I really need help on deciding what to do next or how I could help him…”

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