Missouri County Takes Step to Battle Meth
UNION, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri county will soon require prescriptions to purchase cold and sinus pills containing pseudoephedrine.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Franklin County Commission on Tuesday voted 3-0 for a bill aimed at making it harder to produce methamphetamine.
Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, is a key ingredient in meth, and Franklin County traditionally ranks among the Missouri counties with the highest number of meth lab seizures.
A similar countywide prescription bill was introduced Monday in St. Charles County and could pass later this month. The two bills are part of a regional effort to crack down on meth.
Missouri law already requires drug stores and other retailers to keep pseudoephedrine behind pharmacy counters and to record all purchases.