As of May 2015, Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets are available for purchase online and in various retail stores. For example, the product is listed on Amazon.com for sale through third-party sellers and on the CVS and Bed Bath & Beyond websites as available both online and in stores.
Five states, Arizona, California, New York, Virginia and Washington, require minors purchasing over-the-counter products containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient in Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold, to have a doctor's prescription, the Arizona Daily Star website Tucson.com reported in July 2014. The same article mentions a 2013 case of Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold overdose leading to the hospitalization of three teenagers in the Phoenix area. It notes that DXM abuse may pose severe health risks to those with pre-existing conditions and that the hallucinations excessive DXM use causes can trigger other harmful behavior.
Teenagers turn to Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold, nicknamed Triple-C, because it makes DXM available in tablet form, reducing the risk of vomiting from drinking large amounts of cough syrup containing the substance, states KidsHealth. The site warns that abusing Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold for the DXM carries additional risk from the antihistamine the product also contains.