Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cold Remedies by Prescription?

Maybe, at least if you live in West Virginia.

Several lawmakers in that state are arguing for legislation that makes pseudoephedrine products prescription-only in that state.

Pseudoephedrine is a key element in some popular medicines, but it's also the key ingredient in the street drug methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine products already have been put behind the counter. An ID is required to buy them, and there is a limit on how much one person can buy in a month.
None of that has stopped the meth problem in that state (and others, like Georgia).

The article is worth a read, if only to see how the industry is seeking to block the legislation for a problem that is a national epidemic.

If it passes, look for other states to follow, and for lawmakers to get the full court press on killing similar bills.