The Role of the Government

Since the government regulates the sale and use of other drugs, some argue that it should do the same with OTC drugs. It appears that the government is responding to the increased talk of DXM abuse, at least on the state level. The fact that the majority of people who use OTC drugs use them wisely and for legitimate medical reasons makes the situation complicated and one that is not easily addressed by regulation. The needs of people who use OTC drugs safely must be balanced with abuse and its consequences.

People who are alarmed by the harmful ingredients found in dietary supplements advocate stricter governmental regulation of those substances. They are not satisfied that supplements are classified as foods and thereby subject to milder rules than substances classified as drugs. The FDA took an important step in recognizing the danger of ephedra and acting to ban products containing it, but for many people, that is not enough.

Canada currently has a system of harsher regulations of natural health products, that country's classification for dietary supplements. In 2004, the government formally began regulating natural health products under the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD). The NHPD maintains certain safety and quality levels that manufacturers of dietary supplements must meet. Many in the United States would like the FDA to adopt a similar practice.

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