For Immediate Release: March 7, 2007
Senator Charlie Laster
Senate Approves Bill Banning Sale of Cough Medicine/Spray Paint
The full Senate has approved a bill that would
ban the sale of cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM)
as well as spray paint to anyone under the age of 18. State
Laster is author of Senate Bill 951.
“If a person consumes a high quantity of simple cough
medicine, it can be a powerful hallucinogen. Nationwide, we’re
seeing increasing numbers of kids winding up in emergency rooms
because of it,” Laster said. “It’s a growing
problem here as well. The Oklahoma Poison Control Center reports
that DXM abuse is on the rise, and we know that more kids are
experimenting with inhalants as well. Some kids may think it’s
a game, but they could be gambling with their very lives.”
In 2006, 14.7 percent of all reported intentional substance
abuse cases in Oklahoma involved DXM, compared to 11.6 percent
in 2005. Inhalant use, such as spray paint, is also up among
Oklahoma youth. In 2003, 9.9 percent of youths grades 9-12 reported
using inhalants, compared to 12 percent in 2005.
“SB 951 would make it a misdemeanor to sell those products
to any one under 18,” Laster said. “Some businesses
already have such a ban in place. This bill will ensure that
all businesses prohibit the sale of these things to minors.”
In addition, the legislation makes it illegal for anyone to
sell or provide unfinished DXM to anyone other than a purchaser
licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The legislation would also require those possessing or selling
unfinished DXM, which is used in manufacturing, to register
with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
SB 951 now moves to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Senator Laster's Office - (405) 521-5539