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Customers carded for over-the-counter cough medicines

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Customers have to show an ID, like a South Carolina driver's licence, for some cough medicines. (File/FOX Carolina) Customers have to show an ID, like a South Carolina driver's licence, for some cough medicines. (File/FOX Carolina)

If you're not coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose then you probably know someone who is.

Greg Crafford has allergies and often gets summertime colds. He's taken cough syrup before to help ease his symptoms, and admits it can be pretty taken the wrong way.

"If they take a lot of it, It would really mess you up," Crafford said.

Pharmacists say teenagers and young adults are doubling their doses to get high.

"If they're just looking to get high, they're going to try and find any way to get high at the cheapest you can," Crafford said.

And now that's why employees at CVS pharmacies will ask for I.D. for over-the-counter cough syrup, if the medicine contains dextromethorphan, which is a cough suppressant. Dextromethorphan is found in Robitussin and others medicines.

"If you go to buy beer, now they ask for your I.D. if you look over 40 or under 40, so it's OK," Crafford said.

The term on the street for dextromethorphan is known as DXM, and the cough syrup high is called robotrippin'.

"Then you have things such as hallucinations, things such as euphoria added to that," David Hill said.

He's a pharmacist at Memorial Pharmacy in Greenville County. He said when DXM is abused, it's dangerous and could soon be regulated like pseudoephedrine.

"It's found in so many drugs over-the-counter for cold, cough and sinus relief," Hill said.

He said they I.D. at Memorial Pharmacy, which is a family pharmacy.

"No matter what laws we pass, no matter how many people we ID, that we go through the process with, does not mean it's going to stop," Hill said.

But Hill said it's getting tougher for drug users, and that's why Crafford doesn't mind showing his I.D.

A CVS spokesperson said you must be at least 18 years old to buy cold medicine that contains DXM.

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