BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana on Tuesday became the sixth state to prohibit minors from purchasing over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan as Gov. Bobby Jindal signed HB 514 into law.
“Over-the-counter cough medicine abuse raised my concerns because of the easy access teens have to the medicines,” stated Rep. Cameron, R-District 82, who sponsored the piece of legislation. “Prohibiting teens from purchasing these medicines on their own, without their parents’ knowledge, is one way to deter teens from engaging in this behavior."
"The passage of this legislation indicates the growing support in our country for laws to prohibit the sale of DXM to minors, which helps parents prevent their teens from abusing cough medicine," stated Scott Melville, president and CEO Consumer Healthcare Products Association. "While there is no one solution to this problem, restricting access is an important part of prevention along with encouraging parents to talk to their teens about the risks and to safeguard the medicines in their home."
According to the 2013 National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Monitoring the Future Survey, approximately one in 25 teens abuses DXM to get high.
CHPA also supports a national age-18 sales restriction bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, the Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments Act of 2013 (S. 644 and H.R. 3969)