Cold medicine would become a little tougher to come by under a law proposed by Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday. But in his effort to crackdown on meth cooks in Tennessee, Haslam is stopping short of what police really want.
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State lawmakers are looking for some way to slow methamphetamine production without requiring a prescription for the key ingredient.
With meth lab busts in Tennessee on the rise again, one state lawmaker wants to require prescriptions for the so-called “precursors” found in cold medicine. Pharmacists and drug companies are already lining up to keep pseudoephedrine available over the counter.
Starting Sunday, Tennessee pharmacies will be tracking sales of pseudoephedrine electronically, in real time. It’s the key ingredient in cold medicines like Sudafed and Dimetapp, but it’s also used to make methamphetamine.
Tennessee’s persistent methamphetamine problem has spawned competing proposals in the state legislature, both from Republicans. The bills attempt to slow the sale of cold medicine for the purposes of cooking meth. But they get there in very different ways. Knoxville News Sentinel’s Capitol Hill reporter, Tom Humphrey, joins Blake Farmer to explain. The Sentinel chronicled Tennessee’s meth crisis in its five-day series called “Shake, Bake and Boom.”
Drug companies and pharmacists are trying to head-off a prescription requirement for certain cold medicines in Tennessee. The anti-prescription group wants instead to create a new tracking system for the sale of drugs like Sudafed.