Texas law will ban minors from buying certain cough medicine pro

Texas law will ban minors from buying certain cough medicine products

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Starting this September, no one under the age of 18 will be able to buy certain cough syrup products.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1518 earlier this month, which makes brand-name cough medicine products like Nyquil and Robitussin illegal for minors.

Two of the main ingredients in cough syrup are codeine and dextromethorphan, both of which are opioid derivatives. 

Charles Seifert, with the Texas Tech Pharmacy School, said the problems come when it is mixed.

"If those are taken with alcohol or with other opioids, or with some sleeping medicine for example, it can be deadly. It's not just an abuse, but it's also very dangerous," Seifert said.

Seifert said this new law is just another investment in fighting teen drug addiction.

"It's very important because the statistics are very clear that your mind is still forming up until you're about 18 to 20 years old," Seifert said.

He added Texas is hoping this will bear the same results of moving pseudophedrine behind the counter.

"What that's done is it's essentially created a void where 99.9 percent of our crystal meth is not made in the United States anymore," Seifert said.

This new law does not apply to all cough medicine products, as the bill is cracking down on opioid-derivative ingredients.

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