Missouri AG Renews Call for Banning Over-the-Counter Sale of Pseudoephedrine


Speaking to the Missouri Sheriffs Association yesterday in Joplin, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reiterated his desire to see a statewide ban on the over-the-counter sale of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient for meth.

For the tenth year in a row, Missouri has led the nation in the number of meth-lab busts in 2010, and Koster credited sheriffs for leading the charge. Sheriffs and their deputies, said Koster, see first-hand the impact meth has on communities.

That's why Koster is hoping Missouri legislators join dozens of municipalities in the state that now require prescriptions for drugs such as Sudafed and Claritin-D.

Earlier this year, a bill that would ban the over-the-counter sale statewide of pseudoephedrine failed among threats that lawmakers would filibuster the bill. Koster hopes that state lawmakers will come to their senses in the 2012 session.

"The legislation gained substantial support throughout the session, thanks to sheriffs, local prosecutors and other law-enforcement personnel who are of the overwhelming belief that prescription requirements for pseudoephedrine products would bring the most dramatic resolution to Missouri's meth crisis," Koster said yesterday. "I hope the Missouri General Assembly will consider, and enact, the legislation next session."

Missouri currently requires people to enter their name in a registry when purchasing pseudoephedrine, but the database has done little to stem meth production -- even as it's created a cottage industry of pill brokers.

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