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Too Many Bad Memories
by luci
Citation:   luci. "Too Many Bad Memories: An Experience with Codeine (exp33891)". Jul 17, 2022.

450 mg oral Codeine (pill / tablet)
  4.5 g oral Acetaminophen (pill / tablet)
It was Friday, and I had the day off school. I am fourteen. I was alone in the house, and had been going through some rough times. I was feeling a bit depressed, and so I thought it wouldn't hurt to take some pills to pass the time and get my mind off how I was feeling at the time. I went into the medicine cabinet and looked at all the pills my parents kept in there: Cold and cough pills, prescriptions.. and then I saw the bottle of Tylenol 3, with 'Contains Codeine!' written in big black letters... well, can you guess which pills I took? I took 15, and unfortunately I didn't know how many mg's of codeine there was in them, but I do know how much I took... of course, there was also caffeine.

I was popping pills one by one, and after about 10 I got a bit giggly. I was having fun. When I moved it felt like the room was moving with me. I swayed and giggled and swayed some more. I went upstairs, it was crazy... I guess I got a bit dizzy... and more depressed. I turned off the computer and went to sit in my room alone. Every time I moved it felt crazy. I took the pills at about 11 or so, I think. I was feeling worse moodwise, but I was still having fun moving around and looking at the lights and going up and down the stairs.

I thought I should draw something, but I couldn't, because by that time they were shaking (because of the caffeine). I also wrote an entry in my diary (I keep one to record my feelings and so I can remember what was going on in my life) and the writing was huge and sloppy. I could barely control my hand because it was shaking so much.

I was really depressed, now... I finally lay down, amazed at how fast the room was spinning before my eyes.
I finally lay down, amazed at how fast the room was spinning before my eyes.
I closed them, still dizzy. I was afraid because I knew my mother would be home soon. I decided to get sober by reading a book (this always helps me if I've been smoking a lot of weed and have to go home write away and stay with my parents). It helped. When my mom got home, I just said I was reading.

Later I started to feel sick. Really sick. I'm never sick, and I hate throwing up... I lay there, feeling sick, and trying to read. I must have fallen asleep for awhile. My memory of this part of my experience is quite blurry, although I know I finished that book. I puked at around 11 PM after an experienced friend of mine told me to drink some water and throw up, just to get it over with. As soon as I swallowed my first sip of water I knew it had worked. I went downstairs to the bathroom and threw up twice... my mom got mad. The next day I decided not to mess around with pills again... and on Sunday (two days after I overdosed) my parents found out... and I went to the hospital. No liver damage, but I was grounded. No more codeine for me, thanks. Too many bad memories.

Exp Year: 2004ExpID: 33891
Gender: Not Specified 
Age at time of experience: 14
Published: Jul 17, 2022Views: 872
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