Rep. Ginter Announces Passage Of Bill Safeguarding Minors From Cough Medicine Abuse
Legislation continues efforts to curtail Ohio's drug epidemic

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) today announced that the Ohio House passed legislation prohibiting a person younger than 18 from purchasing any product containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly found in cough and cold medicines.

House Bill 73, sponsored by State Representatives Jeff Rezabek (R-Clayton) and Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield), is aimed at stemming the trend of drug addiction that far too many vulnerable and unassuming youth are exposed to.

Ohio is one of several states where children and teenagers have been known to consume cough syrup at far greater rates than the recommended dosage.  House Bill 73 would require stores to request an ID from individuals buying the medication to ensure they are not under the age of 18. Many leading retailers across the state already require an ID when purchasing products containing dextromethorphan per company policy.

“I am proud to be a co-sponsor of HB 73, which in light of the current opioid epidemic, is another viable step in helping to protect our youth from starting down a path of drug abuse and addiction,” said Ginter.

Dextromethorphan is found in common cough and cold medicines. When used in high doses, an individual can experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, impaired physical coordination, double or blurred vision and rapid heartbeat.

Under the proposed legislation, those violating the law could be charged with a minor misdemeanor. House Bill 73 also provides retailers with civil immunity in certain situations.

A similar bill passed the House with strong bipartisan support last general assembly, however it was not put up for a vote in the Ohio Senate.

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