- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) - Three teen girls have been hospitalized after each gulped a handful of cold, cough and congestion tablets, after watching a video detailing how to get high by taking the medication in mass doses.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/1ydRdg9 ) the girls became sick Monday while at Britton Middle School in the city of Morgan Hill. They were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.

The girls each downed up to 12 tablets containing dextromethorphan (dex-tro-meth’-or-fan) or DMX, a cough suppressant commonly found in over-the-counter medicines.

Medical experts say those amounts can produce hallucinations, tremors and in rare cases, seizures.

DXM abuse spiked about 15 years ago, both in California and nationwide, according to a study released by the University of California, San Francisco in 2006.

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Information from: The San Jose Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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