D.A.R.E. cited in press release for support of proposed legislation which would prohibit the sale of cough medicines containing the ingredient dextromethorphan to minors.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Rep. Bill Johnson – BEN KEELER (330) 337-6951
Rep. Doris Matsui – JULIE EDDY (202) 225-7163
Johnson, Matsui Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Teen Abuse of Over-the-Counter Cough Medicines
Bill would prohibit the sale of cough medicines containing the ingredient dextromethorphan to minors
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the DXM Abuse Prevention Act in a bipartisan effort to prevent teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, commonly referred to as DXM. The bill would establish a national age-18 requirement for the purchase of medicines containing DXM.
According to the 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Monitoring the Future study, 1 in 30 teens admits to abusing DXM. Teens report taking 25 times or more of the recommended dose when abusing these medicines. Often referred to by the slang terms “dexing”, “Robotripping”, or “Triple C’s”, abuse of DXM leads to side effects including nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, and disorientation.
“This bipartisan bill is a common sense way to extend the good faith efforts made by retailers and manufacturers to ensure that cough medicine remains easily accessible to those that use it appropriately, but inaccessible to those that seek to abuse it,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Congress must not wait for more tragic stories of children overdosing before it acts. By acting now, we can make a dramatic reduction in the number of those that abuse DXM.”
“Teens are taking large doses of cough and/or cold medicine to get high, largely because of its easy availability,” said Congressman Johnson. “Teenagers, parents, and leaders in every community across America need to be educated about this danger that can so easily fly under the radar. This is a simple, common sense, bipartisan effort, and I thank Congresswoman Matsui for joining me and for her leadership on this important issue. We must continue to educate, guard against, and work to prevent this abuse, and in doing so, strengthen the communities we live in.”
Supported by the makers of the medicines through their trade association the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, this bill would limit teen access to the medicines by ensuring teens seeking to abuse them would not be able to purchase them. An age restriction would also alert parents and other community stakeholders of DXM abuse.
Additional supporters of the legislation include:
- American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
- California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
- Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
- International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
- National Alliance for Hispanic Health
- National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
- National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
- National Consumers League
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- Safe Kids Worldwide
“A national law prohibiting teens from buying DXM will be a powerful tool in prevention and we applaud Congressman Johnson and Congresswoman Matsui for their steadfast leadership on this issue,” Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids said. “It is so important to keep that 13-year-old from ever starting or preventing that 15-year old from purchasing. We have worked so hard to educate parents, teachers and coaches about talking to teens and to be aware of the warning signs over the years – and it has been successful –but we need this legislation to ensure these pre-teens and teens can’t purchase the products themselves in the first place.”
CADCA Chairman & CEO Gen. Arthur Dean said, “CADCA is strongly supportive of the DXM Abuse Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale of products containing dextromethorphan to those under the age of 18. CADCA and its 5,000 coalition members nationwide have been on the front lines of addressing prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, including the misuse and abuse of dextromethorphan, for more than 13 years. We need to make sure that all kids in every community have the ability to live healthy, drug-free lives, and this bill is a major step in achieving that.”
Parents can learn more about the side effects of abusing DXM and how to prevent their teens from abusing cough medicine at StopMedicineAbuse.org.
D.A.R.E. America has named Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth — who spent 10 years of his career as a D.A.R.E. officer — as the nation’s Law Enforcement Executive of the Year. Department staff nominated Beth for the award, which honors one law enforcement executive…
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Josh Guzman’s teachers say every time they see him, he’s a ray of sunshine. Those same teachers wanted to give that same positive energy back by throwing the teen a special birthday parade. A line of police cruisers rolled through the Winburn...
D.A.R.E. Officer Mike taught students good decision making while building trust between community & law enforcement
Each year, D.A.R.E. America International awards one member of its Youth Advocacy Board a $20,000 college scholarship. This year, Rylee Grubb from Arkansas was named the recipient of the D.A.R.E. America Louis ‘Skip’ Miller National Scholarship recipient…
Jack Droelle, D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Member from Michigan, recently landed in Rhonda Walker’s Brag Book. Rhonda’s Brag Book recognizes young persons who make a difference in the community. Watch the video…
“The 120 toys you so generously donated created a magical effect on the children here in Los Angeles, and we truly want to thank you Your efforts have had a real impact and we would like to invite you to participate in our future projects.”
His Excellency Interior Minister, General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa received on Wednesday President D.A.R.E. International, Francisco Pegueros. Capital Governor and Head of Maan "together" Committee against violence and addiction, Shaikh Hisham bin...
Six stores that sell vaping products in Loudoun County, Virginia, got caught selling them to underage buyers Friday. Since July, you must be 21 or older to buy vaping products in Virginia. When the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office learned teenagers were still getting…
“On behalf of Building Bridges Foster Family Agency, I would like to sincerely thank D.A.R.E America and Executive Solutions for its generous donation of one toy pallet estimating roughly 200 toys towards the foster children of our agency. Your commitment to…
Copyright © 2020 D.A.R.E. America. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright © 2020 D.A.R.E. America.
All Rights Reserved.