Davis police sent an alert Tuesday afternoon warning parents that teenagers were abusing a popular cold remedy that didn't require a prescription to buy. Several Davis middle school students were already contacted after using the drug.
One student required medical attention, according to police.
Police said that teens call the drug combination, which involves over-the-counter medication Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold, "Triple C."
"Triple C" contains dextromethorphan (DXM) that, when taken in large doses, produces hallucinations and a sense of dissociation similar to those experienced with PCP or ketamine, according to police.
"They take pills by the handful, sometimes three to six, sometimes more," Davis Police School Resource Officer Keirith Briesenick said. "It's like being drunk; it's a dissociate hallucinogenic state where they kind of stop feeling."