Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) applauds the introduction of
legislation by Washington State Rep. Paul Harris that would prohibit
pharmacies or retail distributors from selling over-the-counter (OTC)
cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to those under 18
without a prescription. CHPA says the bill, H.B. 2163, is a step toward
preventing teen abuse of the medicines containing the cough suppressant
dextromethorphan (DXM). The 2013
Monitoring the Future survey found that 4 percent of teens abuse
medicines containing DXM to get high.
"The manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines are grateful to Rep.
Harris for his leadership on this issue," said Carlos Gutierrez, CHPA's
senior director and head of state government affairs. "The passage of
similar legislation in California and New York indicate the growing
support in our country for this measure, which gives parents a tool to
prevent their teens from abusing cough medicine. 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."
CHPA also supports a national age-18 sales restriction introduced in the
U.S. Senate, the Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act of 2013
"Over-the-counter cough medicine abuse raised my concerns because of the
easy access teens have to the medicines," said Rep. Harris. "Prohibiting
teens from purchasing these medicines on their own, without their
parents' knowlede, is one way to deter teens from engaging in this
For more information on teen OTC cough medicine abuse, go to StopMedicineAbuse.org.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the
133-year-old trade association representing the leading manufacturers
and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary
supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the
U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in
savings each year. CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital
role of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements in America's
healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy.
About CHPA's StopMedicineAbuse.org Campaign
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