Missouri House Approves Bill Aimed at Combatting Meth

9 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Monday, May 09 2011 May 9, 2011 Monday, May 09, 2011 5:30:00 PM CDT May 09, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri House members have passed legislation that aims to crack down on methamphetamine by requiring prescriptions for some cold and allergy remedies containing
pseudoephedrine. The decongestant is a key ingredient in meth.

The prescription requirement would apply to solid tablets that contain the substance. Liquids and gel-caps could still be purchased without a prescription.

Missouri already requires pharmacies to keep pseudoephedrine remedies behind their counters and limits the amount customers can buy at one time. The state recently implemented an industry-funded electronic database to track purchases in real time.

The bill cleared the House on a vote of 86-64 Monday and went to the Senate. The legislative sessions ends Friday evening.

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