Troy passes anti-meth law

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | 7:23 a.m. CDT; updated 2:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TROY — The eastern Missouri town of Troy is the most recent to require a prescription to purchase cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Troy's law goes into effect Oct. 1. Aldermen approved the measure on Aug. 30, and Mayor Mark Cross signed it into law last week.

Cross said four of Lincoln County's five pharmacies are in Troy. The other is in Elsberry.

Some four dozen Missouri towns and four counties require a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine products. Missouri has been among the nation's leaders in meth lab seizures for more than a decade.

Troy is located about 45 miles northwest of St. Louis.