MADISON (WKOW) -- Soon teens who need cough syrup might have a harder time getting it. A new bill would require a prescription for minors to get certain over-the-counter cold and cough medicine.
The active ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM) is found in more than one hundred cold and cough medicines in Wisconsin. Bill sponsor Sen. Duey Stroebel, (R-Saukville), says minors are easily getting their hands on these medicines. Some end up abusing it and even overdosing.
Stroebel's bill would prevent minors from getting medicines containing DXM unless they have a prescription. It would also require retailers to check people's IDs and if caught trying to purchase under age, they could face a $50 fine.
"This modest penalty will provide the incentive as needed to make sure these requirements are followed,” Stroebel said. “Through reasonable and practical reforms we as a state can continue to fight back against drug abuse."
In 2016, the CDC found more than 692 incidents nationwide involving DXM abuse. If not used in the right dosage it can cause hallucinations, unconsciousness and if mixed with other drugs lead to death.