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A new law forbids Florida minors from buying cough syrup

The law that prohibits Florida minors from buying some cough syrup brands took effect today, January 2, 2017. The main aim of this law is to suppress youth substance abuse.

The measure prohibits manufacturers, distributors and retailers from selling medicines that contain dextromethorphan to those under 18. The measure also states that anyone who appears under the age of 25 must provide identification upon checkout.

Dextromethorphan is a substance that suppresses the cough, being used in many over-the-counter medicines. Unfortunately, these medicines are also misused by young people aiming to get high.

Former State Rep. Doug Broxson, who will take office this week as state Senator, sponsored the bill after hearing about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration‘s issues with the substance, particularly as it related to deaths of minors.

What we were concentrated on were some of the deaths and the byproducts, what some of the kids were doing in reconditioning this in a hypnagogic form. We were just trying to respond to a growing concern where our youths were misusing this product, and these kids are pretty creative on doing these things, said Broxson.
According to the bill’s verbiage, retailers, distributors and manufacturers who will continue to sell the medicine to minors will receive a written warning in the first instance and a $100 fine afterwards. Anyone who intent to distribute products containing dextromethorphan is also subject to a civil citation and fine of $100 for each violation.