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SB 514: Dextromethorphan: sale to minors ban (2011)


Senate Bill 514 would prohibit the sale of non-prescription drugs containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to a person under the age of 18.  Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant commonly found in over-the-counter cold medications.  Minors purchase and consume large quantities of products that contain DXM in order to get high.  Ingesting too much cold medicine can be just as hazardous as drinking too much alcohol.  And it is cheap, easy and legal for young people to obtain.

After this bill passed the Legislature Senator Simitian sent a letter to the Governor  urging his signature.

For more information, you can read the SB 514 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 514 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about SB 514

12/30/2011 - Curbing Cough Medicine Abuse Target of Calif. Law

12/27/2011 - Simitian Bills Become Law on January 1

12/23/2011 - Op-ed: New Law To Stop 'Robo-tripping' Needs a Village To Make it Work

12/20/2011 - First-in-the-Nation ‘Robotripping’ Law Takes Effect January 1

08/31/2011 - Simitian Bill To Curb DXM "Robotripping" Signed Into Law By Governor

08/18/2011 - Simitian Bill To Curb DXM "Robotripping" Goes To Governor For Approval

05/31/2011 - Simitian Bill to Curb DXM "Robotripping" Receives Senate Support

03/03/2011 - Simitian Announces 'Oughta Be a Law' Winners