Washington, Missouri, keeps anti-meth law

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | 9:12 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, Mo. — The City Council in this eastern Missouri town has decided keep an anti-methamphetamine law that restricts the sales of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

The council voted 5-2 Monday to kill an ordinance that would have repealed the previous bill that requires a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medicines through a pharmacy. The decision came despite the threat of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Police have praised the law adopted earlier this summer. Franklin County, where Washington sits, is annually among the counties with the highest number of meth lab busts in the nation.


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