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Bill Would Tighten Restrictions On Cold Medicines

Lawmakers say the bill would help curb methamphetamine production.

Carlin Yoder

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Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Middleburry) has introduced a bill that would make some cold medications prescriptions only.

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would place stricter limits on how much ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, the two key ingredients used in methamphetamine production, is bought and sold in the state

Under current law, people are only allowed to buy up to 7.2 grams of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine per month. Legislation proposed by Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) would also cap sales at 72 grams per year, essentially allowing Hoosiers to buy 10 months worth of the drugs in a single year.

Indiana State Police sergeant Niki Crawford says setting a yearly cap of 72 grams is only a first step.

“Our concerns are that there is another bill on the House side that lowers it to 28.8,” Crawford says. “Seventy-two grams is quite a bit and our fear would be that it would not make the type of impact that we know Senator Yoder would want it to make.”

Yoder says he is flexible when it comes to setting the cap.

“You know, I’m not sure there’s a magic number out there that’s the right number but if we need to tweak that a little, I’m willing to do that,” he says. “I think the bill in the House is a little extreme on their levels at four months so I don’t think we’ll come anywhere close to that.”

A Senate committee postponed a vote on the bill Tuesday to allow Yoder to make further changes.

Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has proposed a separate bill that would make would make pseudoephedrine prescription only.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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