Restrictions over Meth Ingredients Subject of a Debate between the Police and Drug makers

Restrictions over Meth Ingredients Subject of a Debate between the Police and Drug makers

03/6/2011

The question on whether individuals would still be able to purchase in Missouri a popular decongestant without a prescription could ultimately boil down to which of the two entities – manufacturers or police – the legislators will believe.

While the Missouri General Assembly has yet to receive a bill that seeks the return of Pseudoephedrine to pre-1976 prescription-only status, both sides have already commenced assembling their arguments and support.

Results of a recent survey, commissioned by a pharmaceutical trade association, show there is strong opposition to plans about putting pseudoephedrine behind a prescription wall.

On the other hand, a federal drug advisory panel revealed that there is growing support among the Missouri law enforcement community in requiring a doctor’s approval before patients can get the drug.

It is the belief of many law enforcement officers that pseudoephedrine sold in Missouri is actually being used to make meth rather than treating cold symptoms. This is a notion that is being disputed by the pharmaceutical industry.

Pseudoephedrine is the main component of methamphetamine, an illicit drug that has been a relentless problem in Missouri and in most states across the nation.

According to the results of a federal study conducted in October, Missouri leads all other states in “meth incidents.” Aside from seizures of chemicals and lab equipment, these “meth incidents” include the discovery of meth labs and dumpsites.

While the final 2010 numbers are not yet in, the preliminary figures already show that around 1,900 incidents could be reported by Missouri for the year 2010.

WRITTEN BY:

blakeh@wellsdrew.com