Several states look into moving DXM behind counters

Walk into any grocery store or gas station and you'll find plenty of it. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is a key ingredient in 120 different cold medicines. Marvel Welch said "They have it over the counter, kids can just walk up, either Buy it, or take it." And on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, they want that changed. "For the safety. For the safety of my children," said Welch. Because children all over the reservation are using the over-the-counter drug to get high. Dr. Michael Todet said "Dextromethorphan can cause the heart rate to rise, it can cause hallucinations, and when used at high doses, it can even lead to death. It's a tragedy tribal leaders are hoping to avoid, with a strict new ordinance. The law would make it illegal to sell medicines containing DXM to minors and require stores to put those medicines behind the counter. Chief Ben Reed of the Cherokee Police Department said "It'll just give us a leg up, so we can start looking for it for enforcement. Number one as a deterrent, and number two being able to address it when we see it." If approved, the law will be among the first of its kind in the United States – a statistic Tribal Chief Michele Hicks couldn't be more proud of. "This just goes to show as we grow and as things arise, that we're on top of it, and we're addressing it - out front rather than behind," said Hicks. Now he just hopes the rest of the country follows suit before another child gets hurt or dies. Hicks said, "Because its not just a Cherokee issue. This is a national issue. Several states are considering similar legislation but they're meeting strong resistance from drug manufacturers. The same thing happened two years ago, when the government decided to put pseudo-ephedrines behind the counter. The tribal council will vote on the proposed ordinance next month.

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I PLAN TO DO WHATEVER I CAN HERE IN CHESAPEAKE VIRGINIA TO GET THE PRODUCTS WITH DXM BEHIND THE COUNTERS!! MY SON IS ADDICTED AND IT IS RUINING HIS LIFE! I NEED INFO ON WHERE TO START! I JUST LEARNED ALL OF THIS LAST NIGHT AND NEED GUIDANCE. ANY INFO IS WELCOMED. EDIE155@COX.NET. SERIOUS ONLY PLEASE!
First, keep super calm (if you possibly can); it really helps, because if you panic, it won't help your son's situation. And your son's situation is very serious. Second, get all the information you can either from the web and/or from your local doc. Third, however strong your son's addiction is, you need to start taking measures to protect yourself/the contents of your home. That is, for example: do not leave your money purse where he can steal from it; leave your jewellery with a relative/friend until this nightmare is over with. Fourth: Call in the troops. That is, have a family confrontation with him. Your husband, grandmother, mother, father, etc., etc. Your son needs to hear from others (other than yourself) that his addiction is now out in the open. Do you delay with this one! The more involved with his recovery, the better. YOU CANNOT DO THIS ALONE! Forget the shame, forget the tears and tantrums. Call in the troops! You will be in my thoughts. Good luck with everything.