Federal health regulators are weighing restrictions on Robitussin, NyQuil and other cough suppressants to curb cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the hospital each year.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted its review of dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in more than 100 over-the-counter medications that is sometimes abused for its euphoric effects. The practice, dubbed “robotripping,” involves taking more than 25 times the recommended dose of a cold medicine and is mainly associated with teenagers.
The alarm is being sounded because something is unsafe if you take more than two dozen doses at once? Hello, McFly? Twenty-five doses of anything is risky. And the riskiest of all, I’m starting to believe, is listening to the government gin up threat noises.
Out here in The Sticks, there’s no such thing as an open pharmacy at three a.m. You can go into the pharmacy section at Wally World and buy whatever’s on the shelves, but you can’t get your hands on anything that’s either locked up or a prescription drug. Put medicines like Robitussin and NyQuil out of our reach and we’re going to suffer for it. We already pay the price for meth cooks when we have sinus problems; when I go to buy a box of meds, my photo ID is put into the record books along with the amount of sinus medicine that I purchased. The state treats me with undue suspicion because I dare to properly use a sinus treatment that used to be an OTC product. Oh, the horrors.
My own best guess here: some clod at GS-whatever level figured out that you can’t spell “dextromethorphan” without “meth.”