DAILY GRINDER: Sen. Casey Wants to Ban Robotripping
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has introduced legislation that would outlaw the sale of cough syrup containing dextromethorphan to teenagers. He’s calling the legislation Repeal of the Brain-Killing DXM Robotripping Bill. (OK, he’s not calling it that. But as an homage to the multiple health care repeal bills in the House, he should.) DXM, found in some cough syrups, like Robitussin, can be used as an hallucinogen when you drink a ton of it, and studies show about 5 percent of teens have done just that. When introducing the bill, Casey quoted a parent identified as Bruce M., who said: “We have watched in horror, disbelief and emotional pain as [my son] overdosed multiple times, praying with each overdose that this would be the last time, sitting for hours in an emergency room cubicle and learning to struggle through the aftermath.” …That’s definitely too bad, but doesn’t this sound like one of those “parenting” things? I mean, if your kid has gone to the hospital multiple times from Robotripping, banning the sale of DXM-infused syrup to all teens isn’t necessarily going to save him. And he’s clearly got other problems that need working out.
A skateboard park near the Art Museum is one step closer to becoming a reality, as the idea received approval from the Philadelphia Art Commission yesterday.
A 2-year-old girl and several others were shot during a June 16 block party in Logan, attended by about 200 people—and since then no one has come forward to police with information, despite a $10,000 reward.
Eight people were shot in Philadelphia last night, in an hour-and-a-half.
Closing arguments in the homeless feeding ban case take place this morning.
In light of another casino license being potentially approved for Philadelphia, this Daily News editorial notes that Pennsylvania gamblers have lost $13 billion to date. Casinos are the best.
The Philly crossbow road rager says he’s a Buddhist.
An independent report into “the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child abuse” will be released this morning at 9 a.m. You can read it then (now?), here.