Advisory Committee On Dextromethorphan Raises Stakes On Age Restriction
The Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Sept. 14 on the potential for abuse of the cough suppressant dextromethorphan could bring the OTC industry's next regulatory nightmare
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Results from the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Monitoring the Future survey for 2009 show little change since 2006 in the rate teens are abusing OTC cough/cold products, such as dextromethorphan-containing cough medicine. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association notes while there has not been an increase, the findings serve "as a reminder of the importance of education and talking to teens about the dangers" of OTC drug abuse. The survey is conducted by the University of Michigan (1"The Tan Sheet" Dec. 22, 2008, In Brief)
A recent report of young people suspected of abusing "Snurf" has reignited interest on Capitol Hill in restricting bulk purchases of raw dextromethorphan and an age restriction on OTCs containing the cough suppressant