New Legislation Aims to Stop Cough Syrup Abuse Among Teens

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) recently introduced the Prevent Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act. When taken in large quantities, cough syrup can produce hallucinations, blurred vision, confusion, and loss of motor control. Casey’s legislation is designed to make it difficult for teenagers to purchase cough syrup while still making it possible for people with a genuine need to buy the over-the-counter medication. The active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines is dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is safe when taken as recommended, but cough syrup highs have been a troubling trend among teens who abuse it.


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