Drug found in pure form of cough remedy banned
May 26, 2006
-- Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law Thursday a
bill banning the sale of the pure form of a drug
commonly found in over-the-counter cough
The law would make illegal to sell, possess,
deliver or distribute dextromethorphan, known as
DXM, unless it was obtained through a prescription
or an over-the-counter medicine, such as
Robitussin, which contains acceptable doses of the
drug, Blagojevich said.
The law, which takes effect immediately, arose
from the September 2003 death of an Illinois State
University student who overdosed on DXM bought in
pure form over the Internet, according to a
statement from the governor's office.
"The idea that kids can go on line and easily get
their hands on a dangerous drug is appalling,"
DXM, used to get a high or feel hallucinogenic
effects, also can cause confusion and dizziness to
vomiting and rapid heart beat, according to the
Partnership for a Drug-Free America Web site. DXM
is also known as "skittles," "robo" or "Triple C,"
the partnership site said.