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Senate panel considers making it harder to buy cold medicine

January 24, 2005
By: Josh Hinkle
State Capital Bureau

A senate panel considers making it harder for you to buy cold medicine.

Josh Hinkle reports.

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Members of the senate committee listened to law enforcement officers talk about the need to reduce the availablity of pseuodephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.

Two senate Republican are sponsoring bills that would make cold medicines like Sudafed available exclusively from pharmacists.

Major James Keathley oversees the Criminal Investigation Bureau for the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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The bills that would limit the sale of cold medicines face opposition from retailers.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says there's a good chance Missouri might be the leader in methamphetamine production for the fourth straight year.

Josh Hinkle tells us about a Senate proposal that could bring down that number, but hurt the consumer.

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A senate committee met to discuss tigher restrictions on sinus and cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.

Two senate Republicans are sponsoring bills that would make cold medicines like Sudafed available exclusively from pharmacists.

But St. Louis County Sen. John Loudon says the proposal would only hurt those consumers who actually need the drug to stay healthy.

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The bills that would limit the sale of cold medicines also face opposition from retailers.

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