NJ Lawmakers Mull Banning Sale Of Certain Cough Medicines To Kids

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)New Jersey lawmakers will consider legislation to restrict sales of a widely used cough suppressant.

Dextromethorphan, or DM, is an active ingredient in 100 over-the-counter medicines like NyQuil, Robitussin and Dimetapp.

But it’s also used recreationally as a hallucinogen.

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will consider legislation banning the sale of products containing DM to anyone under age 18 and requiring retailers to keep medicines with DM beyond the reach of consumers.

Fines would be $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 thereafter.

Monday’s hearing will be the bill’s first. Similar legislation stalled in the Assembly in 2009.

A federal panel of medical experts recommended last year that medicines containing DM continue to be sold over-the-counter despite increased abuse among teenagers.

What do you think of possible legislation to ban these medicines to kids?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  1. JasonMcree says:

    They can control the sale of cough syrup, but they cant control the drug culture. We have freedom to put whatever we want in OUR body. If a human wishes to put Dextromethorphan in their system so be it, only punish those who do such activity in ways that harms themself or other people. What gives one group of people the idea that they have the authority to control what we do? We are only humans. Animals living amoung other animals. We are all on the same playing field not one person who should have more authority than the next. I would love to strike down each and every one of the people who strive for a “drug free America”. Let them not curve our drug abuse by telling us “no” like a mother would to her child. I laugh at those who waste their time to Ban DXM from being sold to minors, as if they will stop using it, hell they will probably just buy some dirty street drugs like cocaine or meth to get their high once they can’t get their Dextromethorphan. Trying to prevent the sale of DXM in any form to those who wish to explore their mind and body is just hilarious.

  2. rikki says:

    WE ARE BECOMING A NAZZZI STATE…

    THE ONLY INGREDIENT THAT ACTUALLY WORKS AND NOW THEY WANT TO BAN IT AND PROBABLY REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING 3 TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE

    FOLLOW THE MONEY CBS…..WHICH DRUG COMPANY IS BEHIND THIS????

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