New law prohibits minors from buying cough syrup over the counter
Minors will no longer be able to purchase certain cough syrup over the counter as a new law prohibits the sale of medicines containing dextromethorphan to those under 18, authorities have confirmed.
Dextromethorphan, is a key ingredient in cough syrups, is also used in a number of over-the-counter drugs. But, many young people misuse it to get a high. Many adults either drink cough syrup or mix it with other substances to get a high.
Senate Bill 938 (SB 938) is a measure designed to prohibit producers, distributors and retailers from selling dextromethorphan-containing medicines to minors, as well as requiring anybody who under 25 to provide identification upon checkout.
Doug Broxson, who is going to take office as a state Senator this week, sponsored the measure after hearing from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about issues with the ingredient, especially as it related to deaths of several minors.
Speaking about the measure, Broxson said, “What we were concentrated on were some of the deaths and the byproducts … We were just trying to respond to a growing concern where our youths were misusing this product, and these kids are pretty creative on doing these things.”
Multiple states, including California, Texas and Florida, have witnessed notable spikes in prevalence and related issues with youth abusing medicines containing dextromethorphan, which prompted the legislation.