CHAFFEE — It's getting harder to buy the decongestant pseudoephedrine in southeastern Missouri without a prescription.
The chemical is a common ingredient in cold medicines. It's also a key component in the illegal drug methamphetamine.
KFVS-TV reported that Chaffee will begin requiring prescriptions for drugs with pseudoephedrine on June 1, following a unanimous vote by the City Council this week.
Several southeastern Missouri communities already have similar requirements. Law enforcement officials note that meth makers, or people acting on their behalf, often go from town to town buying cold medicines containing the chemical.
Missouri law requires pharmacies to keep such medicines behind their counters and keep records on who buys them. But efforts to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug statewide have failed in the legislature.