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Posted by: drdĒv€ Oct 16 2007, 02:05 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives Monday unanimously approved by voice vote U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's, R-St. Joseph, 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 and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., co-authored the Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2007 (H.R. 970) which makes it illegal to distribute unfinished DXM to a person or company not registered with the FDA and will help prevent the abuse of this drug, which has resulted in deaths across the country.

Upton called on the U.S. Senate to follow suit and pass similar legislation to prevent the unapproved production, sale and use of DXM as a "street drug."

"This is a matter of life and death, and we must shatter the myth that it is safe for our kids to get high off of DXM because it is a common ingredient in cough syrup," said Upton.

"As a parent of two teenagers, I am alarmed by the growing trend of teens abusing cough syrup and pure DXM to get high.

"Our kids are engaging in a game of Russian roulette each time they get high off of DXM, and sooner or later, someone dies. 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."

DXM is a non-narcotic cough suppressant used in many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.


While medicines containing DXM are used safely by millions of Americans each year, taken in extremely large quantities DXM produces a hallucinogenic high and can cause brain damage, seizures and death. Studies have shown that teenagers are obtaining unfinished DXM to get high by consuming large amounts of the powder or mixing it with alcohol. Recent research indicates that abuse of DXM has increased sharply in recent years. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 1 in 11 teenagers has used cough medicines to get high.

"In 2005, two teenagers in my district died after overdosing on unfinished DXM they bought on the Internet," said Congressman Rick Larsen. "The loss of these children is a tragedy that will be forever felt by their families and communities. We cannot continue to allow this dangerous drug to be only a click of the mouse away from our homes and our children. I urge the Senate to act quickly and approve this common sense measure to protect our kids."

There are a number of disreputable websites that provide "how-to" guides to get high off of DXM. These sites include information recommending how much DXM to use, suggest other drugs to combine with DXM, provide instructions on how to extract DXM from cough medicines, promote drug abuse in general, and even offer for purchase a raw, unfinished form of DXM for snorting.

"This is too important an issue, with kids' lives hanging in the balance, not to get done," said Upton. "This legislation sends a strong message to those individuals who are illegally peddling this drug to our teenagers to cease at once or suffer severe consequences. The statistics do not lie - we must act now before abuse of DXM reaches epidemic proportions."

The Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2007 is endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Association of Chain Drug Stores and The Partnership for a Drug Free America.

For more information, Upton encourages everyone to visit the website for the Partnership for a Drug Free America at www.drugfree.org. The site has a feature entitled "What every parent needs to know about cough syrup abuse."



http://www.nilesstar.com/articles/2007/10/16/news/ndnews3.txt

Posted by: infinite Oct 16 2007, 02:13 PM
....................omg this is shit

Posted by: Reverend Tulasi Oct 16 2007, 04:43 PM
Well that just sucks.

Posted by: faustus Oct 16 2007, 04:57 PM
What is really funny is that they can't keep rat poison out of imported Chinese wheat gluten, yet this. I don't necessarily have a problem with regulation, even if it is inconvenient, but it's the priorities, they really make me sick. Oh, and remember who elected this government. Everybody, bear in mind that 99% of your fellow humans deserve....

Posted by: d3tox_ Oct 16 2007, 05:09 PM
QUOTE (drdĒv€ @ Oct 16 2007, 02:05 PM)
"Our kids are engaging in a game of Russian roulette each time they get high off of DXM, and sooner or later, someone dies.

lol

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and even offer for purchase a raw, unfinished form of DXM for snorting


double lol.


doesnt bother me much, i usually only buy 1 or 2 dxm containing items at a time.

Posted by: lyrrad85 Oct 16 2007, 06:02 PM
i do not recomend storting dxm...ouch!

Posted by: noid Oct 16 2007, 10:36 PM
maybe snorting "unfinished" DXM wouldnt burn so much

Posted by: RoboPriest Oct 17 2007, 12:18 AM
does this mean that my "supplier" will stop offering pure powder once they get wind of this?

what is the definition of "unfinished" dxm?

cuz if so that would really suck


OMG if they take all DXM containing products off the shelf I will surely cry

Posted by: Space Monkey Oct 17 2007, 02:18 AM
What a birthday present...

Posted by: thomasKMFDM Oct 17 2007, 06:59 AM
I see this having limited effect on availability but increasing the media circus around DXM. Most suppliers are now located outside of the U.S. because the FDA already investigates and arrests suppliers of domestic powder. Therefore, this law is completely unnecessary and just a good way to play the "we must protect the helpless children from the EVIL SCOURGE OF DRUGS" card.

Posted by: Reverend Tulasi Oct 17 2007, 09:05 AM
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does this mean that my "supplier" will stop offering pure powder once they get wind of this?


Unless you are listed with the FDA, then yes sad.gif

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what is the definition of "unfinished" dxm?


Not prepared in a suspended solution for human consumption by little oompa loompas in the candy factory.

Posted by: RoboPriest Oct 17 2007, 10:34 AM
I see. I guess I wouldn't forsee this law causing me anymore problems than I already have then. Thanks thumbs-up.gif

Posted by: drdĒv€ Oct 17 2007, 02:28 PM
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Last night's House of Representatives passage of the "Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2007," H.R. 970, is an important step toward preserving the availability of a safe and effective ingredient in over-the-counter cough and cold products, while preventing the sale and use of dextromethorphan (DXM) as a street drug, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the sale of unfinished (powdered or bulk) DXM, and seek to cut off the supply of pure DXM to those who intend to sell it as a street drug, or purchase it online to get high themselves. The bill would limit the distribution of unfinished DXM only to those individuals or entities registered by the FDA. On that point, NACDS would opt for the approach of Senate companion legislation, which would maintain the availability of bulk DXM to pharmacies for use in compounding. In compounding, drugs are tailor-made to meet a patient's needs.

"NACDS and its members are committed to the health of communities. This involves maintaining access to necessary medication and preventing the devastation and tragedy of the drug trade and drug abuse. We commend Rep. Upton and Rep. Larsen for their commitment to this issue, and we will work with them, as well as Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and other Congressional leaders, to facilitate good public policy on this important issue," said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.

NACDS' work on this issue demonstrates a commitment to three stated priorities of the Association: maintaining and advancing the ability of pharmacies to serve patients as an integral part of the health care system, preventing drug abuse, and engaging on issues of importance to both the pharmacy and front-end operations of NACDS members.

To become law, the legislation will need to be passed by the House of Representatives and Senate in identical form, and be signed by the President.


http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/85849.php

Posted by: Awakened Oct 19 2007, 07:34 PM
they have introduced this bill 2-3 times before and it never got past the senate. so dont get too worried just yet.

Posted by: eazyb Oct 21 2007, 02:13 AM
QUOTE (Awakened @ Oct 19 2007, 07:34 PM)
they have introduced this bill 2-3 times before and it never got past the senate. so dont get too worried just yet.

I'll keep an eye on this. Besides Fall is here as always and my allergies are nailing me. And these congresscritters don't understand that some of us know what we need to deal with allergies? Me, I use DXM and diphenhydramine depending upon the severity and the time/type of reaction.

After dosing, not only am I sneezing and coughing very little but I also get that nice "floaty" feeling where I feel like everything is small. And it does intensify my moviewatching. wink.gif

--EazyB

Posted by: AdultSWIM Oct 28 2007, 07:48 AM
Nanny. State.

I highly recommend the book


Posted by: Criptin Nov 22 2007, 03:24 PM
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"Our kids are engaging in a game of Russian roulette each time they get high off of DXM, and sooner or later, someone dies.


Tussin roulette FTW!

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