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Bill Proposes Making Cold Meds Prescriptions To Curb Meth

Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) says the bill could reduce meth production, but other legislators say similar proposals in other states have not worked.

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Pseudoephedrine is one of the medications that already has some restrictions because of its known use in making methamphetamine.

Some cold medication might soon go from over the counter to prescription only, to curb meth production. Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is introducing a bill that would make the active ingredient in cold medicines, and meth, by prescription only.

Indiana is considering a law that Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke hopes will help end the meth problem in Southern Indiana.

“The number one way the legislature can help our city become safer is to make pseudoephedrine a prescription only drug, pseudoephedrine is the one ingredient that you have to have to make meth,” he says.

But not all lawmakers are on board. Oregon and Mississippi have adopted the prescription policy, and State Senator Carlin Yoder says, it does not work

“Even the proponents of the prescription drugs would admit that meth use has not gone down in those states,” he says.

Yoder says he would like to strengthen the laws already on the books that require tracking and limits on some cold medicines.

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