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Final Status and TextSB 514 is no longer active.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 51412/30/2011 - 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