|[January 10, 2014]
CHPA Applauds Introduction of Legislation in Washington Restricting Sales of Medicines Containing Dextromethorphan
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) applauds the introduction of
legislation by Washington State Rep. Paul Harris that would prohibit
pharmacies or retail distributors from selling over-the-counter (OTC)
cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to those under 18
without a prescription. CHPA says the bill, H.B. 2163, is a step toward
preventing teen abuse of the medicines containing the cough suppressant
dextromethorphan (DXM). The 2013
Monitoring the Future survey found that 4 percent of teens abuse
medicines containing DXM to get high.
"The manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines are grateful to Rep.
Harris for his leadership on this issue," said Carlos Gutierrez, CHPA's
senior director and head of state government affairs. "The passage of
similar legislation in California and New York indicate the growing
support in our country for this measure, which gives parents a tool to
prevent their teens from abusing cough medicine. While there is no one
solution to this problem, restricting access is an important part of
prevention along with encouraging parents to talk to their teens about
the risks and to safeguard the medicines in their home."
CHPA also supports a national age-18 sales restriction introduced in the
U.S. Senate, the Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act of 2013
"Over-the-counter cough medicine abuse raised my concerns because of the
easy access teens have to the medicines," said Rep. Harris. "Prohibiting
teens from purchasing these medicines on their own, without their
parents' knowlede, is one way to deter teens from engaging in this
For more information on teen OTC cough medicine abuse, go to StopMedicineAbuse.org.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the
133-year-old trade association representing the leading manufacturers
and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary
supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the
U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in
savings each year. CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital
role of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements in America's
healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy.
About CHPA's StopMedicineAbuse.org Campaign
provides toolkits, brochures, and other materials at no cost to engage
parents and community leaders in the fight against teen cough medicine
Moms initiative brings together five moms (a school nurse, an
accountant, a police officer, an educator, and an author) from across
the country to raise awareness of OTC cough medicine abuse among
parents and to spur them to action - to educate themselves, to talk
with their children, to safeguard their medicines, and to spread the
word to other parents.
Through the Stop Medicine Abuse legislative
action center, parents and other advocates who support a federal
age-18 sales restriction of DXM can send a letter of support for the
Prevent Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act.
CHPA member companies placed a "PARENTS: Learn About Teen Medicine
Abuse - www.StopMedicineAbuse.org"
on the packaging of DXM-containing cough medicines. The icon serves as
a mini public service announcement for parents, making them aware of
cough medicine abuse at the point-of-sale and point-of-use and
directing them to StopMedicineAbuse.org resources.
CHPA collaborates with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to target teens
likely to abuse based on their online search activity and provide them
accurate information about the consequences of this behavior. For more
information, visit DXMstories.org.
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