CHPA Applauds Florida Lawmakers for Age-18 Sales Law on Cough Medicine

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the trade
association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of
over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, released the following statement today
in support of a Florida law prohibiting the sale of OTC medicines
containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors.

CHPA thanks Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing the bill into law
and the bill sponsors, Representative Doug Broxson (R-Gulf Breeze) and
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers), for shepherding the bill
through the legislative process. CHPA has long supported state efforts
to curb teen OTC cough medicine abuse and has worked to increase
parental awareness through its StopMedicineAbuse.org
campaign.

“Florida is the tenth state to pass a law addressing the issue of cough
medicine abuse among teens,” CHPA President and CEO Scott Melville said.
“Florida will join states across the country that have acknowledged that
limiting teen access to DXM is an effective way to prevent abuse. We are
assured that this legislation will empower parents to prevent abuse
among their children, while continuing to ensure access for the millions
of families who responsibly use products containing DXM to treat common
cough symptoms.”

According to the 2015 National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA’s) annual
Monitoring the Future survey, one in 30 teens abuses OTC cough medicine
containing DXM to get high. To learn more about the side effects of DXM
abuse and obtain access to toolkits, brochures, and other educational
materials for parents and community leaders visit StopMedicineAbuse.org.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the
135-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.

chpa.org

Contacts

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
Jenni Roberson,
202-429-9260