Missourians spent more than $9.47 million on pseudoephedrine products last year – and nearly half of those pills may have been used to make methamphetamine, says an estimate report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That’s why support is growing in Missouri to make about a dozen products, including Sudafed, Claritin D and other cold and allergy medications, available only by prescription. The momentum has made Missouri a battleground state when it comes to the debate among police, pharmaceutical companies and lobbying groups on how best to control sales of pseudoephedrine, meth’s main ingredient.
Some local governments are considering the prescription idea, and the Missouri attorney general is gathering statewide support for the plan. Some doctors say the drug would not be missed. “Are there some peopole who swear by it? Yes, but it’s close to a useless drug,” said dr. Anthony Scalzo of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.