Police believe area methamphetamine makers are simply going elsewhere to dodge some local Missouri laws requiring a prescription for cold medication containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth.
An increasing number of Missouri communities are fighting methamphetamine by requiring prescriptions to purchase cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine - a meth ingredient. But police believe the meth makers are simply going to neighboring towns and counties to get their pills.
Narcotics officers said Tuesday that pseudoephedrine sales are up sharply in some Missouri locations without prescription laws, including St. Louis city and county.
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Officials in four eastern Missouri counties are working together to try and pass ordinances in each of the counties requiring a prescription to purchase a key ingredient used to make methamphetamine.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that leaders of St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin counties have agreed to seek passage of countywide ordinances that would cover both unincorporated areas and municipalities.
An industry group representing manufacturers of over-the-counter drugs has begun running radio ads against a Missouri proposal requiring a doctor's prescription to buy certain cold medicines.
The legislation is aimed at medications containing pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient for methamphetamine. Supporters hope to cut down on Missouri's meth production by making it harder for people to get ahold of pseudoephedrine.