Marijuana, Cough Syrup Among 'Most Popular Intoxicating Substances' For Canadian Students

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | December 12, 2013 3:15 PM EST

Although Ontario students are not engaged in smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol like they were before, they are more into smoking and drinking alternate methods of intoxicants.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) annual survey regarding alcohol and drug habits among the teenagers in the country, Canadian students are opting for alternate source of drug abuse. Apparently, one of the richest prospects for them to find drugs is the medicine cabinet in their houses. CBC reported over 10,000 students between Grade 7 and 12 from around 200 Ontario schools took part in the survey ending up in some stunning revelations.

Alcohol and cigarettes have apparently been losing the battle to more unconventional ways of intoxication. One of the alternate drinks, which is fast growing in popularity, is called 'sizzurp' in local terms. It is also called the 'purple drink'. This drink is laced with cough syrup. Technically, it is a mix of codeine, Sprite and Jolly Ranchers, according to Brittney Comeau, a high school student from the Toronto area.

Other drinks which are used for intoxication include any medicine used for recovering from cough and cold, containing dextromethorphan. The survey conducted by the CAMH also found that one out of eight students had tried drugs from their family medicine cabinet.

The York University's Institute for Social Research administers the survey which is conducted once in every two years for the last 36 years. The usage of over-the-counter medication for cough and colds for intoxication has significantly increased in the recent years. In the meantime, students have also reported that they abuse other substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, methamphetamine and cocaine. However, the amount of usage has seen a significant drop when compared between 2013 and 1999, CTV News reported.

The consumption of alcohol among students has reached a record low in 2013, according to the study.

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