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Bill Tightening Sale Of Cold Meds Passes Committee

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

A bill aimed at strengthening anti-meth laws has passed a Senate Committee. The legislation would create tighter restrictions on ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

State Senator Carlin Yoder‘s bill would prohibit anyone convicted of meth-related crimes from possessing the drugs without a prescription for seven years. It also limits how much a person could buy in a one-year period.

Under current law, people are only allowed to buy up to 7.2 grams of ephedrine per month. The bill would put a cap of 60 grams annual limit on ephedrine purchases per year, which is about an eight-month supply.

Yoder says police requested the yearly limit as an additional layer of protection as legislators continue attempts to make a key ingredient in methamphetamine harder to get. Still, when the bill was introduced last week, Yoder said he would be willing to consider altering that slightly, noting there is no “magic number” to the cap.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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