JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee is taking up a bill that would require a doctor's prescription for certain cold medicines that can be used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.
The House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee planned to hear testimony Wednesday on the legislation. The proposal is backed by Gov. Jay Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, dozens of lawmakers and various law enforcement officers.
Missouri already requires that medicines containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine be sold from behind the pharmacy counter. Customers can only buy limited quantities, and the state tracks purchases electronically.
But some police say the most effective way to halt meth trafficking is to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.