AN ACT relating to the abuse of over-the-counter medication.

  • Posted on: 15 March 2019
  • By: Grant Gutkowski
Bill Number: 
LHTV5
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
AN ACT relating to the abuse of over-the-counter medication.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that corner stores and pharmacies put cough syrups and other medications containing “dextromethorphan” or DXM behind the counter while demanding identification from customers to prove that they are over the age of 18 for purchase.
Sections: 
Section I: This bill will be incorporated into the Board of Pharmacy’s annual permit regulations. If a pharmacy does not store medications containing DXM behind the counter and ask for identification, they will be fined and sued for the endangerment of children.
Section II: The punishment for violation of this law will be a fine of at least $100,000 and a possible lawsuit for the endangerment of children. The head pharmacist will have his or her license suspended for a minimum of six months and will possibly face separate charges for the endangerment of children.
Effective Date: 
Effective Date: This Bill will come into effect on August 1st 2019.
Statement of Intent: 
Statement of Intent: The purpose of this bill is to keep children and teens safe from the harmful effects of DXM in over the counter drugs and to prevent them from stealing the medications by putting them behind the counter.
Author's Note: 
Financial Statement: At least $2000 for the enactment of the Bill and to process it.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
Yes
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the Board of Pharmacy. Funds generated as a result of this law will go to the Board of Pharmacy. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the Board of Pharmacy.
Speedpass Consideration: 
Yes
Secondary Sponsor: