Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mo. House considers statewide psuedoephedrine bill

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (MISSOURI DIGITAL NEWS) - Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban over-the-counter sales of medicines containing the drug pseudoephedrine.

Several law enforcement officials testified in front of the House Crime committee in support of a bill that would make medicines such as Sudafed available only by prescription. 

Currently, Missouri tracks and limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy. 

This is because it is the main ingredient of the drug methamphetamine. 

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan says police officers are not properly trained or equipped to handle activities occurring in meth labs. 

"We're supposed to be cops, not chemists. We're supposed to be in uniforms, not white chemical resistant suits, taking down labs," Jordan said.

Lobbyists for the pharmaceutical and retail industries spoke in opposition to the measure. 

No further action was taken on this bill.

Brian Pepoon, Missouri Digital News


Too bad cops, it's your job so do it. Put on a haz-mat suit if you want but do your job.

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