U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this week introduced new bipartisan legislation to prevent the abuse of cough syrup to get high, a particularly worrisome trend among American teens.
Dextromethorphan (DXM) is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines and is safe when taken as recommended, but 5 percent of teenagers report having intentionally taken large doses of DXM for effects that include hallucinations, confusion, blurred vision and loss of motor control.
Senator Casey’s Prevent Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act will make it harder for teens to purchase the drug for this dangerous use, while still keeping cough medications accessible to those who use them for their intended purpose.
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