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Washington, March 3, 2017 | comments
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-California, introduced the DXM Abuse Prevention Act, an attempt to prevent teen abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethrophan, commonly referred to as DXM.
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Lisbon Morning Journal
Published March 3, 2017

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-California, introduced the DXM Abuse Prevention Act, an attempt to prevent teen abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethrophan, commonly referred to as DXM.

The bill would establish a minimum age requirement of 18 for the purchase of medicine containing DXM. A national study found that one in 30 youths admit to abusing DXM by taking more than the recommended dosage, which can lead to side effects including nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, blurred vision, dizziness and disorientation.

“Teens are taking large doses of cough and/or cold medicine to get high, largely because of its easy availability,” Johnson said, in a news release issued by his office.

He said they want to keep the cough medicine availability for its intended use while trying to keep it away from young people who might abuse it and move on to more addictive drugs.

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