Common Cold May Need Uncommon Remedy

5 years 11 months 4 weeks ago December 08, 2010 Dec 8, 2010 Wednesday, December 08 2010 Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:16:32 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Proposed legislation by Governor Nixon is getting negative reactions. Nixon proposed a plan to make medicine containing pseudoephedrine available only with a prescription. Pseudoephedrine is present in many common cold medications. If passed, the legislation would mean even the smallest of sniffles would need a prescription.

Pseudoephedrine is commonly used to make methamphetamine. The aim of Nixon's legislation is to prevent anyone from purchasing enough pseudoephedrine to produce meth. This causes problems for people who use the medicine for the right reasons. One Columbia resident says, if passed, this legislation will make getting medicine a hassle and more costly. A Mizzou student says she thinks people will find other ways to make meth. She also says she thinks this is a publicity stunt by Nixon. A Columbia pharmacist agrees, saying he feels this is Nixon's way of being more conservative in a predominantly republican area. He also says this proposed legislation is not a good idea and will make the simple act of getting medicine for a runny nose too complex.

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