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Sturtevant police are warning area parents to be on the lookout for changes in their children’s behavior after finding empty packages of over-the-counter medication at village parks.

On the department’s Facebook page, officers say empty wrappers of Cordicin HBP – a medication similar to Robitussin – that contains dextromethorphan (DXM). Used properly, DXM helps relieve cold symptoms like coughing.

But, when abused, DXM can cause reactions similar to that of PCP.

“We are asking parents to watch for signs your children are abusing these drugs,” the post reads. “If you find empty packages of cold medicine in your child’s room, or all of a sudden your household cough medication disappears, you should be concerned.”

Some of the side effects of using DXM in large quantities include:

  • impaired vision
  • sweating and fervor
  • rapid breathing
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • slurred speech
  • impaired judgement and mental function
  • memory loss
  • rapid eye movements
  • hallucinations
  • coma

Parents who suspect their children might be abusing Cordicin HBP are encouraged to contact their primary care physican to discuss treatment options.