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Cough syrups like BronCleer, Benylin and Histalix are popular particularly among youths who are constantly looking for a new high By Esinathy Sibanda DRUG abuse is a growing nuisance in many societies as school and college going youngsters are increasingly becoming addicted. In addition to frequently abused over-the-counter cough syrups is a rise in the exploitation of illicit substances. Concern is mounting over the rise in numbers of drug abusers all over the world, which in turn leads to loss of life and increase in crime. Many no longer have any regard for life with others even willing to kill to get their fix. Girls have also been caught in the web, with some as young as 12 years reportedly frequenting beerhalls offering sexual favours in exchange for money. Drug abuse does not necessarily mean using drugs such as cocaine, hallucinogens, cannabis, sedative hypnotics and opiates, but also encompasses prescription medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and tranquillisers. In Zimbabwe, cough syrups like BronCleer, Benylin and Histalix are popular particularly among youths who are constantly looking for a new high. Benylin is apparently prevalent because of its appeal to youths who do not conform to the usual stereotype of what