WASHINGTON - Four weeks after being introduced, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday approved Rep. Fred Upton's bipartisan legislation to crack down on the bulk sale of dextromethorphan (DXM), an ingredient of cough syrup that kids are abusing to get high.
Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., introduced the Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2009 (H.R. 1259) to help prevent the abuse of the drug by making it illegal to distribute unfinished DXM to a person or company not previously registered with the FDA, or registered or licensed clinics, compounding pharmacists, pharmacies and researchers.
The measure, which passed the House by a vote of 407 to 8, now awaits consideration in the Senate.
"The deadly reality is that our teens think that it's safe to get high off of DXM because it is a common ingredient in cough syrup - the passage of the DXM bill in the House is an important step in shattering that myth," said Upton.
"This is too important an issue not to get done - kids' lives literally hang in the balance and I urge the Senate to swiftly follow suit. This common-sense piece of legislation will put an end to the bulk sale of DXM over the Internet and keep our kids safe from the dangers of this type of drug abuse."
"Four years ago, two teenagers in my district died after overdosing on DXM they purchased online," said Larsen. "Kids today continue to have easy access to large quantities of this dangerous drug. Banning the bulk sale of DXM on the Internet is a common-sense step that will save lives."
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 12:10 PM EDT
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