(THE HILL) Two members of the House have introduced legislation that would limit the sale of certain over-the-counter cough medicines to people 18 and older, an effort to limit access to an ingredient in these medicines that some kids are using to get high.
Reps. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) proposed the Preventing Abuse of Cough Medicine Treatment (PACT) Act, H.R. 3969. Under their bill, cough medicines containing the ingredient destromethorphan (DXM) could only be bought by adults, or by people under 18 if they had a prescription from a doctor.
Braley said abuse of DXM by teens in his home state has become “prevalent,” and said Congress needs to act to deny them access to OTC products that anyone can walk in and purchase.