Suffolk bans non-prescription cough m...

Suffolk bans non-prescription cough medicine for minors

There are 28 comments on the Newsday story from May 15, 2007, titled Suffolk bans non-prescription cough medicine for minors. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Suffolk Legislature Tuesday approved a local law -- which backers described as the first nationwide -- to ban those under age 19 from buying non-prescription cough and cold medicines containing what is ...

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ROZ

Milford, CT

#1 May 15, 2007
So an 18 year old can serve in the military, buy a home, a car, get married, but they cannot buy cough medicine. All because 400+ morons, a tiny fraction of teens, abuse the stuff.

All absurd. How many adults abuse over the couters? This is making who safer?
Manny

Bronx, NY

#2 May 15, 2007
If I was the manufacturer of said cough syrup, I'd add a controlled amount of laxative to the product. Not enough to cause any effect when used in normal dosage, but if a kid chugs half a bottle looking to catch a buzz, he sh*ts his pants.
Mary Silberstein

AOL

#3 May 16, 2007
Correction: Krista Whitman was from The Quality Consortium of Suffolk County, a group of 23 treatment and prevention providers and The Mental Health Coaltion of Suffolk County. Krista works at The Pederson Krag Center in Smithtown, NY. Both organizations backed the legislation to restrict DXM sale to minors. I applaud the SC Legislature and Legislator Lynn Nowick for this important piece of legislation.
Amanda

United States

#4 May 16, 2007
Manny wrote:
If I was the manufacturer of said cough syrup, I'd add a controlled amount of laxative to the product. Not enough to cause any effect when used in normal dosage, but if a kid chugs half a bottle looking to catch a buzz, he sh*ts his pants.
Love it!
Gregg in Denver

Aurora, CO

#5 May 16, 2007
ROZ wrote:
So an 18 year old can serve in the military, buy a home, a car, get married, but they cannot buy cough medicine. All because 400+ morons, a tiny fraction of teens, abuse the stuff.
All absurd. How many adults abuse over the couters? This is making who safer?
THis happens all the time in this country. Laws getting passed because of a small percentage of bad apples that take away freedoms from responsible people. Enough is enough, if someone is stupid enough or weak enough to become a addict, that's there problem. Stop policing personal responsibility
MIKE

Orange Park, FL

#6 May 16, 2007
ROZ wrote:
So an 18 year old can serve in the military, buy a home, a car, get married, but they cannot buy cough medicine. All because 400+ morons, a tiny fraction of teens, abuse the stuff.
All absurd. How many adults abuse over the couters? This is making who safer?
THANK GOD THIS IDIOT HAS NO SAY. WHAT AN IGNORANT, NARROW MINDED PERSON.
Gimme a break

Corona Del Mar, CA

#7 May 16, 2007
Manny wrote:
If I was the manufacturer of said cough syrup, I'd add a controlled amount of laxative to the product. Not enough to cause any effect when used in normal dosage, but if a kid chugs half a bottle looking to catch a buzz, he sh*ts his pants.
Now that is a very good idea!
MIKE

Orange Park, FL

#8 May 16, 2007
Gregg in Denver wrote:
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THis happens all the time in this country. Laws getting passed because of a small percentage of bad apples that take away freedoms from responsible people. Enough is enough, if someone is stupid enough or weak enough to become a addict, that's there problem. Stop policing personal responsibility
THIS GUY IS A JERK TOO. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN HERE. YOUR RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY. THEY ARE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM THE DANGERS OF A VERY DANGEROUS DRUG. THANK GOD THERE ARE SMART ENOUGH PEOPLE IN CHARGE TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN FROM THEMSELVES WHEN THEY DON'T REALIZE THE DANGERS THEY ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN. BY THE WAY "THERE PROBLEM" SHOULD BE SPELLED THEIR PROBLEM. GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU IGNORAMUS
Oh HELL NO

Corona Del Mar, CA

#9 May 16, 2007
MIKE wrote:
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THIS GUY IS A JERK TOO. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN HERE. YOUR RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY. THEY ARE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM THE DANGERS OF A VERY DANGEROUS DRUG. THANK GOD THERE ARE SMART ENOUGH PEOPLE IN CHARGE TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN FROM THEMSELVES WHEN THEY DON'T REALIZE THE DANGERS THEY ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN. BY THE WAY "THERE PROBLEM" SHOULD BE SPELLED THEIR PROBLEM. GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU IGNORAMUS
THIS IS TRUE
Hmm

Miller Place, NY

#10 May 16, 2007
MIKE wrote:
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THIS GUY IS A JERK TOO. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN HERE. YOUR RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY. THEY ARE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM THE DANGERS OF A VERY DANGEROUS DRUG. THANK GOD THERE ARE SMART ENOUGH PEOPLE IN CHARGE TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN FROM THEMSELVES WHEN THEY DON'T REALIZE THE DANGERS THEY ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN. BY THE WAY "THERE PROBLEM" SHOULD BE SPELLED THEIR PROBLEM. GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU IGNORAMUS
You're a clown. This will do nothing except give our already overpaid police department another excuse to rake in some cash while giving out tickets to pharmacies for selling cough medicine to a 17 year old. The so-called cops out here love this...there's no chance in getting hurt and they get their names in the paper. This law is a joke just like raising the drinking age to 21 and lowering the BAC in drunk driving cases to .08 from .10. What was the result? Higher rates of drunk driving deaths. Nice move.
MIKE

Orange Park, FL

#11 May 16, 2007
Hmm wrote:
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You're a clown. This will do nothing except give our already overpaid police department another excuse to rake in some cash while giving out tickets to pharmacies for selling cough medicine to a 17 year old. The so-called cops out here love this...there's no chance in getting hurt and they get their names in the paper. This law is a joke just like raising the drinking age to 21 and lowering the BAC in drunk driving cases to .08 from .10. What was the result? Higher rates of drunk driving deaths. Nice move.
GROW UP
Gregg in Denver

Aurora, CO

#12 May 16, 2007
MIKE wrote:
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THIS GUY IS A JERK TOO. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN HERE. YOUR RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY. THEY ARE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM THE DANGERS OF A VERY DANGEROUS DRUG. THANK GOD THERE ARE SMART ENOUGH PEOPLE IN CHARGE TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN FROM THEMSELVES WHEN THEY DON'T REALIZE THE DANGERS THEY ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN. BY THE WAY "THERE PROBLEM" SHOULD BE SPELLED THEIR PROBLEM. GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU IGNORAMUS
I have a PhD in genetics, so save your stupid insults. You are the one acting like a ignorant child.

God forbid parents take responsibility for raising their kids. No, they want the gov't to legislate personal responsibility. My issue isn't so much with this ban, but laws like this that get passed constantly that try to police personal responsibility.

Another issue I have is the 19 date. Like somebody posted, you can die for your country but you can't have a drink or buy cough medicine?
Gregg in Denver

Aurora, CO

#13 May 16, 2007
Hmm wrote:
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You're a clown. This will do nothing except give our already overpaid police department another excuse to rake in some cash while giving out tickets to pharmacies for selling cough medicine to a 17 year old. The so-called cops out here love this...there's no chance in getting hurt and they get their names in the paper. This law is a joke just like raising the drinking age to 21 and lowering the BAC in drunk driving cases to .08 from .10. What was the result? Higher rates of drunk driving deaths. Nice move.
Yeah, funny how this tool calls others idiots and thinks this is a good idea. It's delusional peopel like this that lead to stupid laws and policies that do nothing to deter the problem, just create more BS and problems
Gregg in Denver

Aurora, CO

#14 May 16, 2007
MIKE wrote:
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GROW UP
Are you retarded? YOu make a completely childish post and then you tell others to grow up? Are you being a troll, or are you really that irrational that you can't see how contradictory your two posts were?
MIKE

Orange Park, FL

#15 May 17, 2007
Gregg in Denver wrote:
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I have a PhD in genetics, so save your stupid insults. You are the one acting like a ignorant child.
God forbid parents take responsibility for raising their kids. No, they want the gov't to legislate personal responsibility. My issue isn't so much with this ban, but laws like this that get passed constantly that try to police personal responsibility.
Another issue I have is the 19 date. Like somebody posted, you can die for your country but you can't have a drink or buy cough medicine?
WHAT SCHOOL ALLOWED AN @SS LIKE YOU TO GRADUATE THAT YOU HAVE NO COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?
LIKE I SAID BEFORE YOU STATED "THERE PROBLEMS" WHEN ANY MORON KNOWS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN "THEIR PROBLEMS".
GOOD LUCK TO ANYBODY WHO IS RELYING ON YOU AND YOUR "PHD IN GENETICS" LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
ROZ

Milford, CT

#16 May 17, 2007
MIKE wrote:
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THANK GOD THIS IDIOT HAS NO SAY. WHAT AN IGNORANT, NARROW MINDED PERSON.
So you admit you are a socialist? And I do have a say, equal to yours, and vastly more informed it seems.
ROZ

Milford, CT

#17 May 17, 2007
To clarify my remarks...

Age of consent to Drop out of High School - 16
Age of Consent to Marry - 18
Age of Consent to Join Military - 18
Age to Drive - 17 (with drivers ed)
Age to Smoke - 19
Age to Buy Cough Medicine - 19
Age to Drink - 21

at least in NY. Now is there rhyme or reason to these ages, or does it appear arbitrary to you as it does to me? Does it really take more maturity to take cough medicine then it does to chose your life mate?

I'm all for protecting children, but I also know our government cant afford to protect every child from everything. I cant afford the government to do that, I cant afford any more taxes to pay for the enforcement of this or any other personal responsibility laws. For the first 200 years of this country the government took less then 20% in taxes from its people, now if you add it up, they take 50% or more. Its got to stop, and its got to stop with arbitrary legislation like this.
ROZ

Milford, CT

#18 May 17, 2007
The numbers for 2006...

Population of Suffolk County - 1,469,715
%Population Under 18 - 25.1
Population Under 18 - 367,429
Population Abusing Cough Medicine - 479
%Population Abusing Cough Medicine -.00125
Gregg in Denver

Aurora, CO

#19 May 17, 2007
MIKE wrote:
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WHAT SCHOOL ALLOWED AN @SS LIKE YOU TO GRADUATE THAT YOU HAVE NO COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?
LIKE I SAID BEFORE YOU STATED "THERE PROBLEMS" WHEN ANY MORON KNOWS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN "THEIR PROBLEMS".
GOOD LUCK TO ANYBODY WHO IS RELYING ON YOU AND YOUR "PHD IN GENETICS" LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
Who gives a S? I type as I think and don't put much stock into spelling 100% correctly. But of course a loser like yourself has no arguement so you just go to attack spelling.
Oh HELL NO

Corona Del Mar, CA

#20 May 17, 2007
Gregg in Denver wrote:
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Who gives a S? I type as I think and don't put much stock into spelling 100% correctly. But of course a loser like yourself has no arguement so you just go to attack spelling.
Do we have to separate the two of you??

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