Whitmer OKs Bill To Bar Sale Of Cough Suppressant To Minors In Michigan

Nov 15, 2019

Cough syrup containing a non-regulated ingredient, dextromethorphan, is on display on a store shelf at a pharmacy Thursday, May 18, 2006.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to prohibit the sale of an over-the-counter cough suppressant to minors unless they have a prescription.

The restriction on dextromethorphan will take effect next July. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in many cough and cold medicines but has been abused by teenagers seeking a hallucinogenic high.

Retailers selling the over-the-counter drug will be required to ask for ID unless a customer appears to be at least 25 years old.

People who sell DXM-containing products to youth under age 18 and minors who buy them will face civil fines.

Whitmer signed the bill Thursday.