Nixon, Koster back more restrictions on pseudoephedrine

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 11:29 a.m. CST; updated 1:09 p.m. CST, Tuesday, November 30, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster want to make Missouri the third state to require prescriptions for cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.

Nixon and Koster announced their legislative proposal Tuesday at the Jasper County sheriff's office in Carthage. The prescription mandate would apply to medications containing pseudoephedrine -- a key ingredient in the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine. Oregon and Mississippi already require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine.

Missouri limits how many pseudoephedrine pills people can buy. And this September, it launched an electronic database for pharmacies intended to prevent people from buying more than the legal limit. But Nixon and Koster said more safeguards are needed.

The Missouri Pharmacy Association has opposed a prescription requirement for the medication, citing the inconvenience to patients.

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John Schultz December 1, 2010 | 10:40 a.m.

And just what have been Oregon's and Mississippi's experiences after their laws were enacted? I would expect this pandering more from Republicans than Democrats, but I guess Koster is still suffering some residual tendencies after his party switch.

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Sapphire Blue December 1, 2010 | 2:30 p.m.

So, I cant get good cough medicine without a prescription because some loser wants to make meth with it. Thanks a lot jack-holes!

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