You know, I should have seen this one coming. I actually mentioned it in my post about needles for drug users. While it may soon be ok to walk into a pharmacy and purchase up to ten hypodermic needles at one time, it will no longer be ok to walk into a store and purchase Nyquil unless you are over the age of 18. Have we lost our minds?
Basically, not totally satisfied that the legislature is doing nothing about the poor economy and 9.1% unemployment rate in the state of New Jersey, they now want to ensure that those teens who are fortunate enough to have a job cannot suppress their cough so that they can actually show up. A federal study of these medicines in 2009 said that they should continue to be sold over the counter despite the possibility of their abuse by irresponsible and abnormally unintelligent people, however that study seems to have been ignored.
Obviously a bit of an exaggeration, but what the hell is going on up in Trenton? Who is making the decisions on these committee agendas and thinks that this is a good use of their time and taxpayer money? If these medicines are truly more of a menace to society than unemployment then I would keep my mouth shut, but there are so many other things that the legislature could be doing right now to bring make New Jersey affordable again. Why this and why now?
The bill, should it make its way through the process, will place fines on teenagers buying cough medicine. $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second, and $1000 for the third.