WASHINGTON, DC (WKBN) – 6th District Congressman Bill Johnson has introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at keeping certain cough medicines away from teens. Johnson and California Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced the DXM Abuse Prevention Act on Tuesday. It aims to forbid the sale of any over-the-counter cough medicine containing DXM to minors.
DXM stands for dextromethorphan. Taken in large quantities, it can lead to dizziness, blurred vision and disorientation. A National Institute on Drug Abuse study shows that 1 in 30 teenagers admits to abusing DXM. It says that users take 25-times the recommended dose to “robotrip” or “dex”, as the drug slang refers to it.
Johnson says it’s a danger primarily because of its easy availability to those under 18. He wants Congress to act quickly to avert any further stories of kids overdosing.