Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Legislation outlawing DXM goes to governor after House OK

Springfield, IL - Legislation outlawing a common cough syrup ingredient in its pure form was approved Wednesday by the Illinois House.

Dextromethorphan, also known as DXM, is found in products such as NyQuil. However, such medications would not be affected by the measure.

The drug in its pure form can cause seizures, comas and death.

The proposal is in response to the 2004 death of Eric Richardson of Oakland and the 2003 death of Jonathan Frary, an Illinois State University student.

If someone is caught with DXM, they would get one to three years in jail and up to $25,000 in fines. Those caught selling DXM would get three to seven years in jail and $25,000 in fines under the legislation.

House Bill 4300 now goes to the governor for approval. State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, the measure's sponsor, said he does not anticipate opposition.

By Crystal Lindell


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