COLUMBUS – The Ohio Senate today passed House Bill 9, which prohibits the sale of medicine containing dextromethorphan to minors without a prescription.
Dextromethorphan (also known as DXM or “dex”) is the active ingredient found in cough and cold medicine and is classified as a dissociative general anesthetic and hallucinogen, similar to the controlled substances ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP).
“Kids are looking for a cheap way to get a hallucinogenic-type buzz and are mixing alcohol with dextromethorphan,” said Koehler. “Because of all this – the industry which creates medicines containing dextromethorphan is asking us to pass this law.”
Public health officials and medical professionals have observed children and teenagers abusing dextromethorphan, taking upwards of 25-50 times the recommended dosage, sometimes causing themselves irreparable harm.
H.B. 9 passed in the Senate with a unanimous vote. The bill now heads the governor’s desk for a signature.