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Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

DEXTROMETHORPHAN DISTRIBUTION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)


Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in favor of H.R. 1259, and I would like to thank Mr. Upton of Michigan and Mr. Larsen of Washington for their work on this important legislation.

Dextromethorphan, or DXM as it is sometimes called, is an ingredient found in cough medicine. This ingredient relieves the coughing associated with a cold or the flu. Cough medicines containing this drug are common and can be obtained without a prescription.

While this drug can be safe and effective if used as directed, it can also be dangerous if taken improperly. The abuse of this drug can cause death as well as other serious adverse effects such as brain damage, seizure, loss of consciousness, and irregular heartbeat.

This legislation would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prohibit the distribution of DXM that is in bulk form to any person not registered with the FDA. It is hoped that these restrictions on the distribution of DXM will lower the potential for its abuse while at the same time protecting access to these needed medications.

Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to my friend from Michigan (Mr. Upton).


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