Several states faced with surging methamphetamine problems are weighing contentious bills that would require a doctor's prescription for popular decongestants like Sudafed, reports the New York Times. The drugs contain pseudoephedrine, the crucial ingredient in methamphetamine. Police say efforts to keep them out of the hands of meth cooks have failed. Tennessee police seized nearly 2,100 meth labs last year, 45 percent higher than 2009 and more than any other state.
The proposals are meeting stiff resistance from drug makers and pharmacy groups, who say they would place an undue burden on cold and allergy sufferers. They are promoting other bills that would help the police monitor pseudoephedrine sales with interstate electronic tracking. “We can't change lives just to stop these weirdo people,” said Joy Krieger of the St. Louis chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, who is fighting a prescription-only bill in Missouri.