Mother fears son, 17, will die from cough syrup addiction

'One day I'm going to find him dead in his room': Mother opens up about 17-year-old son's terrifying addiction to legal drug available over the counter Single mother from the Gold Coast, said 17-year-old son gets high every night He consumes a mixture of Rikodeine, which contains codeine, and fizzy drink  She said he drinks so much that he can't move or stand up when he's high  The woman is campaigning for cough syrups to be made prescription only

By Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:52 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 01:52 BST, 3 May 2019

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A mother has told how she fears her son will soon drop dead from his cough syrup addiction.

The single mother of four, from the Gold Coast, said her 17-year-old boy gets high on a mixture of Rikodeine and soft drink every night.

She said he drinks so much that he can't move or stand up - and expects to soon find him dead.  

A mother has told how she fears her son will soon die of his cough syrup addiction. Pictured is an Instagram post showing people mixing cough syrup with marijuana

A mother has told how she fears her son will soon die of his cough syrup addiction. Pictured is an Instagram post showing people mixing cough syrup with marijuana

The single mother of four, from the Gold Coast, said her 17-year-old boy gets high on a mixture of Rikodeine (pictured) and fizzy drink every night

The single mother of four, from the Gold Coast, said her 17-year-old boy gets high on a mixture of Rikodeine (pictured) and fizzy drink every night

'I'm going to go in to his room one day and he will be dead. It's devastating but it's not going to shock me. It's inevitable,' the anonymous woman told the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

'Every night he just wipes himself out. He can barely speak. He can't even stand up.

'He passes out every night with food all over him, ants crawling on him. I've slapped him so hard that I thought he was dead and he just looked at me and went back to sleep.'

The woman said her son knows his addiction is killing him and that he's in pain but he just can't stop.

She said when she stops him abusing the medicine, he gets angry and aggressive and punches holes in the walls of the house.

The woman, has three daughters of which the youngest is eight, is campaigning for cough syrups to be made prescription only. 

The woman said her son knows his addiction is killing him and that he's in pain but he just can't stop (stock image of cough syrup mixed with sprite)

The woman said her son knows his addiction is killing him and that he's in pain but he just can't stop (stock image of cough syrup mixed with sprite)

Rikodeine contains codeine and is legally sold over the counter at pharmacists' discretion with no age restrictions

Rikodeine contains codeine and is

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