Survey prompts Westchester N.Y. to ponder dextromethorphan restrictions

WESTCHESTER , N.Y. A report published Monday stated that between 5 percent and 9 percent of 3,241 middle-schoolers have admitted consuming the cough ingredient dextromethorphan to get high, citing a Student Assistant Services study.

Westchester County is currently considering placing age restrictions on the sale of dextromethorphan, following the lead of Suffolk and Nassau counties—the two counties that make up Long Island.

The paper reported that as many as 10 adolescents have been treated at local hospitals for abusing cough medicine so far this year, according to the Long Island and Westchester Regional Poison and Drug Information Center.

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