Alabama House Votes to Further Control Cold Medicine Sales

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama House has taken another step to make it harder for methamphetamine producers to get the ingredients they need by buying common cold medicines, like Sudafed. The bill now heads to the Senate.

A law was passed in Mississippi this session that will require a doctor's prescription for these types of medications.

Alabama has a law that requires cold medicines containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to be stored behind the counter and limits customers from buying more than 6 grams in a 30-day period.

The House Tuesday voted 92-0 for a bill that requires stores to record the information on sales on a statewide database to prevent a person from going from store to store to stockpile the drugs.

The bill was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Frank McDaniel of Albertville. McDaniel sponsored the original bill controlling sales of the cold medications.


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  • by Common Sense Location: Not around here on Feb 25, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    How many doctors, especially walk-in clinics, identify patients? Can you say "fake IDs"? Forcing a prescription will not solve that problem. If the cops would check some of these pharmacies for multiple purchasers, they might be able to make a dent in the production of CM while allowing law-abiding people to go on with their daily lives. I asked my pharmacist when the last time was the narcs checked the list of pseudo purchasers, and he laughed. He said they had never. With e-tracking, surely multiple purchasers will be identified. But some just love the government restricting freedoms, in the name of law-enforcement.
  • by Mrs.Meridian Location: Meridian Ms on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    I send my words of concern that if people go to the doctor just for cold medicine that is on medicaid or medicare.that will run that bill up but I see that there is no one concern about MEDICAID OR MEDICARE. THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE U PASS THE BILL.THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO GET IT OR OTHER DRUGS.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Feb 24, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    I resend my words of support. I didn't read the entire story (my own fault) and I didn't realize that all they were doing was a database. Fake IDs, hello?! This will be one major failure and will not curb the problem one bit. If they're naive enough enough to simply believe that a database will keep this from happening, they're mistaken. Plus the only people to benefit from this will be the software company who designs the database and accompanying interface (read: it will cost the tax payers a ton of money). Not to mention training on and operation of the system will cost a ton of TAX PAYER MONEY. This is such a crock.
  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Feb 24, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    Yeah when i go to the doctor and sit there for hours I hope I get more than an over the counter cold medication. Im already being _______ by the Doc might well give me the reach around with some better "quality" meds!!
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Feb 24, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    Hey Lee: Research... do some. Don't just take the story at face value, see what's really going on. Do you know that Oregon has a similar law and the results they've seen? Go Google it (assuming you even know what I mean by that). I won't spoil it for you.
  • by Lee Location: Meridian on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    Hey Guy South of I-20, leave Nick alone. And as for you saying way to go Alabama --- You're ignorant because this will not solve anything. It's not going to solve anything in Mississippi or in Alabama. Stupid!
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    Hey Nick - if a doc prescribes a medication like Xanax of Valium for a cold, he should have his license revoked because those are very strong pain medications. Maybe you should study what medications are what and what they do. You might even be healthier for it. As for the bill, way to go Alabama! Mississippi passed the law and now Alabama is taking a step in the right direction. Yes, I know this will not cure the problem but it will certain help.
  • by Nick Papagiorgio on Feb 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    Why would I pay for a doctors visit just to get over the counter effectiveness? If I go to a doc to get a script I plan on getting something more effective, like Xanax or Valium. They just put these companies out of business.
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