Minors in Florida won't be able to buy certain cough syrup

In just a few days an ID will be needed to buy cough syrup.

Lawmakers said a new law is going into effect to ensure potentially dangerous substances stay out of the hands of anyone 18 or younger.

Minors won’t be able to walk into a store and buy liquid cough medicine that has dextromethorphan.

Law makers said children were buying common syrups and using it to make methamphetamine.

“This allows us to keep the liquid cough medicine away from hands of teenagers who have tried to convert that chemical dextromethorphan into an abusive substance,” said Dr. Amit Vijapura, an addiction specialist.

Dextromethorphan is found in many brand name cough medicines at convenience stores. Those who are 18 to 25 will now have to show their ID before purchase, which is currently required for cough tablets.

Vijapura said the step will help keep children from being tempted to convert a simple compound into a dangerous drug.

“Over the counter, it’s very easy for anybody to walk in and get 20 bottles of cough medicine and just take it home and convert it into an abusive drug,” Vijapura said.

Many said they believe the law will prevent children from abusing drugs.

“You see kids trying new stuff and making new drugs that definitely aren’t safe – making it in their bath tub ... I hope this kind of slow that down,” Bill Holy said.

Vijapura said cough syrup with dextromethorphan will still be available for parents who need it to help children fighting a cough.

Opioid addiction has become widespread in the state of Florida.

“We’ve also seen four deaths in the last two years related to dextromethorphan inside the cough medicine,” Vijapura said.