Upton Cracks Down on Cold-Medicine Abusers

There is been a dramatic increase in young people abusing drugs, which are probably sitting in your medicine cabinet.

Lawmakers hope new legislation will keep kids safe.

Poison Control experts say there are over two million cold-medicine abusers nationwide.

Many teens are abusing cough syrups to get high.

The cold remedies contain dextromethorphan or DXM.

Taken in high doses DXM produces a sense of euphoria, but it also can also bring on seizures, dizziness and even death.

Teens have even started illegally buying DMX in its powder form over the Internet.

With that in mind, Michigan Congressman Fred Upton proposed legislation to crackdown on the bulk sale of DXM.

The measure would make it illegal to distribute DXM to a person or company not registered with the FDA.

"Sadly, kids are under the false impression that getting high off this is harmless because it's simply an ingredient in cough syrup. Well nothing can be further from the truth. Our kids are playing Russian roulette each time they get high on DXM," explains Upton. "Enough is enough. We need to end it."

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill.

Upton is hopeful the Senate will also pass the measure.

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