Missouri May Enact Toughest Anti-Meth Law

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Missouri lawmakers voted yesterday to tighten controls on the cold medications used to make the highly addictive drug methamphetamine. The bill’s sponsor calls it the toughest anti-meth measure of its kind.

All meth recipes call for either ephedrine – a heavily regulated, expensive and hard-to-get drug – or a synthetic version called pseudoephedrine, which is used in many over-the-counter cold remedies. Current state law forbids retailers from selling more than three boxes or 9 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine products to a customer.

If passed, the bill would forbid stores from selling more than two boxes, or 6 grams, of medication that has ephedrine or pseudoephedrine as its sole active ingredient or selling more than three boxes, or 9 grams, of so-called multisymptom remedies that use ephedrine or pseudoephedrine along with other drugs.

The measure would require shopkeepers to stock ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products within 10 feet of a cash register, store them behind a counter or tag them with electronic sensors.

Also, the bill would ban the release of anhydrous ammonia, a farm fertilizer and meth ingredient, from an unapproved container.

Link: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/D999B

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