USD Graduate Students Successful in Passing Legislation
USD graduate students enrolled inthe Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program were successful in passing legislation that will require an 18 and over identification card for the purchase of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines containing the drug Dextromethorphan (DXM), the most common cough suppressant which in recent years is used and abused in dangerously high quantities by adolescents to get high.
On August 31, Senate Bill 514 was signed into law making the Bill the third state law to be successfully initiated by USD graduate students in a course taught by Professors Pat Libby and Howard Wayne. The 18 and Over-the-Counter Coalition visited legislators in Sacramento last January as part of their grassroots effort to build support for legislation that will stop teens from abusing DXM by making the drug less available to youngsters. With the help of State Senator Joe Simitian, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, and a group of California Police Officers, SB 514 passed the Senate unanimously in May and made it through the Assembly where it passed with a 49 to 23 vote.
Annually more than 400,000 Californians, ages 11-17 abuse cough medicines containing DXM to get high. The coalition is particularly proud that California is the first state to pass state-wide legislation to tackle the issue of child drug abuse of over-the-counter cough medicines. Also noteworthy, is that the legislation will have no cost to the state.