Pseudoephedrine Bill Moves Through House

A bill would implement a system at pharmacies to track sales of products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

A package of pseudoephedrine pills in a plastic and foil casing.

Photo: Jessica Lucia (Flickr)

The new bill would track products used to make meth.

A bill amended by an Indiana House committee Tuesday would implement a system at pharmacies to track sales of products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

Originally, the bill allowed the purchase of nine grams of ephedrine in a 30 day period; the committee lowered that amount to seven point two grams. Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder, who authored the bill, said his legislation provides tools to help keep those who abuse ephedrine from getting their hands on it.

“I think this really is a great start,” he said, “on battling the horrible issue of methamphetamine that is a scourge in our state right now.”

But some law enforcement officials disagree.

Indiana Drug Enforcement Association Training Director Gary Ashenfelter said tracking actually increases the number of meth labs. He said the way to combat meth is to make ephedrine a prescription drug.

“What we’re going to do,” he said, “is we’re going to stop these homemade meth labs and it’s going to stop these guys that are cooking it in the house.”

The bill passed 8-2 and now moves to the full House.

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