Southeast Missouri town restricts sale of meth ingredient

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 5:51 p.m. CDT

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.

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Mark Bodenhausen May 24, 2012 | 7:04 p.m.

Meth is NOT an illegal drug, AP got it wrong, as usual. Meth is available in any drugstore or pharmacy as Desoxyn, produced by Abbott, Ovation, and Lundberg. It is used to treat the severely obese, mild depression, narcolepsy and others illnesses like ADHD. The military, especially the Air Force, has been using meth for 50 years without incident. Why don't you use Google, fer cryin' out loud! You wouldn't make a mistake like this!!!

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