By law, Westchester has banned the sale of some over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to anyone under the age of 18. The ban restricts the sale of cough medicines containing dextromethorphan, or DXM, which can produce euphoric “highs” and hallucinations if taken in large quantities.
DXM abuse by minors is increasingly prevalent. A survey found that 5-9% of Westchester middle- and high-school students admitted to “Robotripping,” or ingesting DXM to get high. Overdosing on DXM can cause vomiting, irregular heartbeat, hallucinations psychosis, seizures, brain damage, coma and even death.
The law, which is enforceable by the Department of Consumer Protection, restricts the sale to minors of approximately 100 over-the-counter products that contain DXM.