State Representative Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) has introduced legislation that would prohibit a person younger than 18 from purchasing any product containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly found in cough and cold medicines.

“House Bill 197 is a common-sense piece of legislation that builds on previous bills, all with the intent of attacking the drug epidemic in our state,” Representative Rezabek stated. “Simply, this bill would make it more difficult for our teenagers to have access to medicines that can easily be abused. I am pleased with the support we have received, from Republicans and Democrats, as well as from the groups that will be affected by this legislation.”

Ohio is one of several states where children and teenagers have been known to consume cough syrup at far greater than the recommended dosage. To help protect against that happening, many leading retailers across the state already require ID when purchasing products containing dextromethorphan. This legislation would extend that requirement to all retailers, such as smaller convenience stores and gas stations, to insure against them being exploited by youth trying to buy the drug.

According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, eight states have already taken steps toward prohibiting these sales to minors, including California, New York, Arizona, Louisiana and Kentucky. In Ohio, eight cosponsors have signed onto the bill, from both political parties.

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