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08/16/05 - Lufkin

Houston Top City When It Comes To Teens Misusing Codeine Cough Syrup

by Stuart Burson

A new report reveals that codeine-fortified cough syrup is becoming widely popular in the city of Houston as a way to get high. In fact, The University of Texas says about 30 percent of the teenagers in Houston have used the syrup at least once.

Anti-drug advocates say many kids think it's okay because the syrup is available by prescription.

"They're so accessible. They're at their homes [and] in their medicine cabinets. They see their parents or their siblings taking it, and think that it's fairly harmless," says Janet Taylor with The Coalition For A Better Community.

Six pharmacists in the Houston area went on trial Tuesday, charged with illegally dispensing the addictive cough syrup.

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