Meth Fight Goes to Pharmacy

Ryan Knutson writes in the Wall Street Journal:

A nationwide resurgence in illegal methamphetamine labs is prompting state and municipal lawmakers to consider copying an Oregon law requiring a prescription for many cold medicines, a restriction opposed by manufacturers.

Oregon in 2005 became the first state to require a doctor’s prescription for medications containing pseudoephedrine, which is used in about 40 cold and allergy medicines. Pseudoephedrine also is the primary ingredient for methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant.

Oregon’s prescription law goes further than the 2005 federal legislation restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine. Federal law limits how much consumers can purchase per month and during each store visit. It requires retailers to track purchases and refuse the sale of more pseudoephedrine than allowed.

Medicines containing pseudoephedrine also have to be kept behind the counter or in a locked cabinet under the federal law. In addition, authorities have access to retailers’ logs to see who is buying pseudoephedrine and how much…

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3 Responses to Meth Fight Goes to Pharmacy

  1. Buffet October 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    So now it's illegal to have a runny nose?

  2. Anonymous December 11, 2009 at 12:38 am #

    I think the law is justified considering the state we are in, with more and more people going into addictions. If someone needs those drugs they could always go to the doctor first, although I know that there are countries where that is not yet necessary. Canadian pharmacies is such a case, but I guess in our situation we should do the best we can to stop this plague.

  3. lilianhutan December 10, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    I think the law is justified considering the state we are in, with more and more people going into addictions. If someone needs those drugs they could always go to the doctor first, although I know that there are countries where that is not yet necessary. Canadian pharmacies is such a case, but I guess in our situation we should do the best we can to stop this plague.

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