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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: November 8, 2017 04:08 PM
From: Representative Tarah Toohil
To: All House members
Subject: Preventing Abuse of Dextromethorphan
I hope your will join me in sponsoring a bill to limiting the sale of over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors.

The House Judiciary Committee recently held an informational meeting at which the committee members were briefed on the alarming variety of harmful substances our Commonwealth’s children are misusing. One example is known as “lean,” “sizzurp,” or “purple drank.” It is a mixture of either codeine or dextromethorphan with soda or often with candy. The name derives from users’ tendency to lean over once intoxicated by the mixture.

Although codeine must come from a pharmacy prescription, DXM is an ingredient in many cough medicines sold over-the-counter. My bill would make require merchants to check the age of those who attempt to purchase a product containing DXM to ensure that the purchaser is over 18 years of age. It would create a new summary offense for a person knowingly to sell a DXM product to a minor, or for a person to falsely misrepresent his age to obtain DXM.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this bill to help combat rising drug use among our youth.

Introduced as HB1951