pseudoephedrine

Features
4:26 am
Fri March 15, 2013

St. Louis Company May Have Answer To Ending Meth Labs

Zephrex-D is produced by Westport Pharmaceuticals, a suburban St. Louis company. Westport officials say the pseudoephedrine product is tamper-resistant, meaning it cannot be used to make meth.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Not many of us are chemists.

Yet by removing one oxygen atom average people here in Missouri regularly are turning common decongestants like Sudafed and Claritin-D into the illicit drug methamphetamine.

Nationwide those explosive mom and pop meth labs were estimated by a Rand study to cost taxpayers more than $23 billion a year in health care costs, child endangerment and clean-up.

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Pseudoephedrine
4:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

City may require prescription for pseudoephedrine

The city of St. Louis may consider legislation that would require a prescription for medicines containing pseudoephedrine.
(via Flickr/ellie)

A south St. Louis alderwoman says she wants her legislation that would require a prescription for the common decongestant pseudoephedrine to start a conversation about combating the methamphetamine problem in Missouri.

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Morning News Round-up
9:15 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, October 31, 2011

Now that St. Charles County requires a prescription to purchase cold pills containing a key ingredient to methamphetamine, sales of the over-the-counter medications are soaring in three nearby St. Louis County towns.
(via Flickr/ellie)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines (other than yesterday's World Series rally):

Cold pill sales jump after new law in St. Charles County

Now that St. Charles County requires a prescription to purchase cold pills containing a key ingredient to methamphetamine, sales of the over-the-counter medications are soaring in three nearby St. Louis County towns.

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meth and Missouri
2:28 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Meth laws in some Mo. communities cause spikes elsewhere, including St. Louis area

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.
(via Flickr/ellie)

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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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

St. Louis-based Peabody Coal and ArcelerMittal will buy Australian coal giant Macarthur Coal for $5.2 billion.
SLPRnews

Peabody Coal, ArcelorMittal to buy Australian coal giant

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Australian coal giant Macarthur Coal has agreed to be bought by Peabody Energy and ArcelorMittal for $5.2 billion. St. Louis-based Peabody has pursued Macarthur for more than a year.

The Australian company is the biggest miner of pulverized coal, which is used in making steel and in great demand in Asia.

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Meth and Missouri
8:10 am
Tue July 26, 2011

St. Charles Co. hopes to reduce meth production with prescription requirement

St. Charles County residents will soon need a prescription to get their hands of cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine.
(via Flickr/ellie)

Residents in St. Charles County will soon need a prescription to purchase cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine. 

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Missouri Senate Monday night stopped just short of approving legislation to restore local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Missouri Senate Stops Short of Approving Local Control of St. Louis Police Dept.

Missouri senators have embraced a proposal that would allow St. Louis to control the city police force, ending the state's Civil War-era oversight of the department.

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Over the Counter Ads
9:54 am
Fri March 25, 2011

"Keep government out of your medicine cabinet," new ads say

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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.

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Fighting Meth
8:32 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Mo. officials back more restrictions aimed at meth

Looking for some relief from that nagging winter bug? Want to buy some cold medicine to do the trick?

Not so fast.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster want to make Missouri the third state to require prescriptions for cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.

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