Another state bans minors from buying cough syrup
A new Colorado law is imposing a new regulatory compliance hurdle on retailers.
Colorado has enacted a law prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors. Colorado joins Florida and other states with similar laws.
While millions of Americans use products containing DXM to safely treat their symptoms, according to the 2017 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) annual Monitoring the Future survey, one in 30 teens abuses OTC cough medicine containing DXM to get high.
“Colorado is the 16th state to pass an age-18 sales law, joining states across the country in recognizing that limiting teen access to DXM is a proven way to prevent abuse,” said Consumer Healthcare Products Association President and CEO Scott Melville. “This is a common-sense law, that restricts access to teens who may abuse these products, while maintaining access for the millions of Americans who use them responsibly. Committed Colorado state lawmakers have been crucial allies in our abuse prevention efforts, and we thank them for their hard work.”
CHPA has long supported national educational efforts to curb teen OTC cough medicine abuse through its StopMedicineAbuse.org education campaign, which includes collaborations with The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
Recognizing that retailers play a critical role in abuse prevention, last year, CHPA announced a new initiative to support retailers in states that have adopted laws prohibiting the sale OTC cough medicine containing DXM to minors. Retailers can download or order free materials on the Stop Medicine Abuse website.