LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to prohibit the sale of an over-the-counter cough suppressant to minors unless they have a prescription.
The restriction on dextromethorphan will take effect next July. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in many cough and cold medicines but has been abused by teenagers seeking a hallucinogenic high.
Retailers selling the over-the-counter drug will be required to ask for ID unless a customer appears to be at least 25 years old.
More than 100 over-the-counter medications contain dextromethorphan. They come in the form of liquids, capsules, tablets, lozenges and gelcaps. Popular medications that contain the drug include Alka Seltzer Plus, Delsym, Robitussin, Vicks DayQuil, Vicks NyQuik, Tylenol Cough & Cold and Mucinex DM, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
People who sell DXM-containing products to youth under age 18 and minors who buy them will face civil fines.
Whitmer signed the bill Thursday.