This evening, I went to CVS and picked up a box of (the CVS generic version of) DayQuil. Upon check out, the cashier asked me for my birth date. Somewhat stunned and confused by the inquiry, I held back and paused for a second. Then I saw the piece of print out in his hand that read “preventing teen cold medicine abuse” while he explained, “it’s a New Jersey law thing.”
That’s when it clicked in my head, “oh wow, I didn’t know you could get high on cold medication…” I was intrigued wondering how it would work and what it’d feel like. People talk about substance abuse all the time but I didn’t know DayQuil could be abused so bad that there needs to be such a regulatory hassle to intervene. Then I wondered if this law actually prevented any abuse, or did it educate more people about this drug’s “alternate use”.