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New La. law bans sale of cough syrups to minors

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Posted: May 28, 2014 4:19 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: May 28, 2014 4:45 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: dxm, minors, dextromethorphan, cough syrup, OTC, law

BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal signed a bill into law that prohibits minors from purchasing over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) without a prescription.

The creation of the law makes Louisiana the sixth state to pass legislation aimed at eliminating the abuse of DXM by minors.

According to the 2013 National Institute on Drug Abuse's Monitoring the Future Survey, approximately one in 25 teens abuses DXM to get high.

The bill was sponsored by Representative Cameron Henry who said his concerns were raised over how easy it was for teens to purchase the drug and prohibiting teens from purchasing the drugs without their parents' knowledge is a way to deter teens from engaging in the behavior.

The law outlines fines of up to $150 for retailers who sell non-prescription products containing DXM to individuals under the age of 18.

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