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Missouri Senate passes bill to take Sudafed off store shelves

February 10, 2005
By: Victor Roberto
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate passed a bill making Sudafed available only at pharmacies.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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Lawmakers say the purpose of the bill is to make it harder to manufacture methamphetamines.

Although the bill passed unanimously, Senator Chuck Graham says limiting Sudafed sales isn't the right approach to Missouri's methampehtamine problem.

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Contents: We need to deal with this as an addiction problem. If you talk to anybody in law enforcement, they will tell you that this is an addiction driven problem.

The bill will now go to the Missouri House.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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A bill requiring store to pull Sudafed off their shelves has passed the Missouri Senate.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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Pharmacists could soon be the only ones allowed to sell Sudafed. The law is an attempt to target methamphetamine production in Missouri. Senator Chuck Graham says trying to restrict Sudafed is not the most effective option.

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Contents: I just think that we're overfocused on that end of things and we're not paying enough attention to how do we get treatment and deal with the addiction so that people don't want methamphetamines anymore.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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A bill restricting the sale of Sudafed is on its way to the Missouri House.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Senate passed a bill limiting the sale of Sudafed to pharmacies. The bill includes cold pills, but not gel caps or the liquid form of the drug. Senator Chuck Graham says this is one step toward stopping methamphetamine addiction.

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Contents: We're trying to build a state response to the methamphetamine problem, which is a terrible problem all over the state. But I think that we need to have other tools, and I think drug treatment is one of those tools.

Graham says the problem cannot be solved with further regulation of legal cold medecines.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.