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Legislator Dave Denenberg Prohibits Sale of Cough Suppressants Containing Dextromethorphan (DXM) to Minors

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) joined fellow lawmakers in unanimously banning the sale of products containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors on Monday, December 3 after introducing the legislation in September. DXM is a commonly used ingredient in many cold remedies, but can cause hallucinations and other side effects if abused.

“The number of teens from Nassau County treated for dextromethorphan abuse has more than tripled since 2001.  This legislation will protect our children from a new and dangerous form of substance abuse,” Denenberg said. “DXM abuse has become a very real health concern among kids and teens, and it’s time for steps to be taken to ensure their safety. It is important that parents understand the dangers that DXM abuse poses and take steps to ensure this medication is used for its intended purpose.”

According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, there are more than 100 non-prescription medicines that contain DXM as an active ingredient. It appeals to teenagers because it is inexpensive and easy to get.A Coricidin package of 24 tablets cost $6.99 at Walgreens. Slang terms for DXM include Dex, Robo, Skittles, Syrup, Triple-C, and Tussin.

In other business, legislators approved several supplemental appropriations, including:

  • $204,577 in funds from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs for Police officers overtime, the enhancement of a police and domestic violence coalition partnership, support of a mobile outreach van for the summer teen program, overtime for a corrections officer assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force, overtime to support gang suppression efforts as well as to improve community relations with police.
  • $1,428,411 in funds to be received from the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services to provide chemical dependency services in a variety of patient settings to residents of Nassau County.
  • $201,410 in funds to be received from the Health Research, Inc. to encourage HIV testing, pre and post-test counseling and to work with clients around issues of referral and partner notification.

Legislators passed through committee items that would combine the sewage systems of the City of Glen Cove and the Villages of Lawrence and Cedarhurst with Nassau County in an effort to reduce costs. These resolutions will go before the full legislature for a vote December 17.

Legislator Denenberg, Chair of the Planning, Development and Environmental Committee and Legislator Toback, Chair of the Public Works Committee will be holding a hearing in Legislative Chambers, 5th Floor, One West Street, Mineola on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. on sewage treatment plants’ current status, conditions and operations, upgrades and consolidation. The public is invited to attend.

The next full legislative session is Monday, December 17, 2007.