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Koehler Legislation to Prohibit Sale of Dextromethorphan to Minors Signed into Law

July 1, 2021
J. Kyle Koehler News

COLUMBUS – Governor DeWine today signed into law House Bill 9, legislation sponsored by State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) that prohibits the sale of medicine containing dextromethorphan to anyone under the age of 18 without a prescription.

“Industries that produce dextromethorphan have been asking the Ohio legislature to pass this bill for over seven years,” said Koehler. “I’m proud to sponsor House Bill 9 and to protect children across Ohio.” 

Koehler noted the importance of this legislation after learning that minors across Ohio are mixing medicine containing dextromethorphan with alcohol and sugary drinks in an effort to become intoxicated. According to Koehler, minors looking for a cheap way to get a hallucinogenic-type buzz associated with what they call “robo-tripping” are mixing alcohol with dextromethorphan or drinking large amounts of it “straight up.”

“House Bill 9 will serve a dual purpose. First, it will help keep this product out of the hands of young teens on a Friday or Saturday night. Second, it will act as an educational tool for parents, as it might set off an alarm as to why their child keeps taking so much cough medicine out of the cabinet,” said Koehler. 

Koehler also noted that 22 other states have already adopted similar legislation. 

This legislation is supported by the Ohio State Medical Association, Medical Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital American Academy of Pediatrics and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Koehler joined Governor DeWine at a bill signing event today at the governor’s ceremonial office at the Ohio Statehouse.