The Internet and DXM Culture

There can be no underestimating the role of the Internet in the abuse of OTC drugs today. The number of Web sites devoted to telling users how to get—and use most effectively—substances like DXM continues to grow. But the issue isn't quite as simple as blaming the Internet for the prevalence of the abuse. DXM abuse was occurring with pockets of devoted followers during the 1970s and 1980s, long before the Internet and its popularity. So while the Internet can be held responsible for informing more people about DXM and its abuse, it did not introduce it to society in general.

There is even discussion about whether or not Internet sites promoting DXM abuse are purely harmful. Most of the sites caution users, providing them with information about the negative consequences of taking DXM and advising them on safe amounts to take, in addition to advice on how to get high. Some argue that teenagers who abuse DXM would be likely to do it whether or not

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Many people blame the Internet for spreading dangerous knowledge about DXM abuse. Others, however, point out that the Internet can also be a source for knowledge that may promote safer practices among teens.

Television advertisements designed to fight DXM abuse may instead make young people aware of possibilities for drug use that they had not previously considered.

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