OK, let's count the stupidity and kneejerk reactions.
Last year, more than 8,000 people, mostly teens, were treated at emergency rooms because they abused over-the-counter cough suppressants, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
8000 - out of 300 million. So we're considering a drastic change where people will have to go to the doctor to get a script for something they can take care of themselves for a problem that affects less than 3 per 100,000 people. Aren't we supposed to be trying to decrease the cost of health care? What's this going to do to ER visits?
The ingredient in these medicines that creates the euphoria is dextromethorphan, also known as "dex" or DXM. It's found in many products at drug stores. Kids who abuse these suppressants, many times mix them with prescription drugs or marijuana, according to experts.
So, they're already getting prescription or illegal drugs to add to the mix. Changing these products to prescription will help...how exactly?
The statistic may seem high, but it's much lower than the number of teens abusing other substances like inhalants and marijuana.
So we still have much larger fish to fry.