Senate Committee Passes Pseudoephedrine Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate Judiciary B Committee has passed a bill that would require a doctor's prescription to purchase cold medicine containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The bill passed Wednesday after the committee heard from law enforcement agents, judges and a representative of drug manufacturers.

A House version of the proposal passed earlier this week in the House Judiciary A Committee.

Opponents say requiring a prescription for cold medicine could create a burden on the uninsured in the state. But supporters say the change could put a dent it the escalating meth problem.

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  • by Rick Location: meridian on Jan 30, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    Found some interesting reading form a news story from back home thought you would like to ckeck it out. here's the link. It's about what the some counties in the state of Florida are doing with the pseudoephedrine.
  • by Jessica Doggett Location: Meridian, MS. on Jan 28, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    This is insane. I understand what they are trying to prevent but there are people that are struggling to make ends meet now without haveing to pay an extra doctors visit for something that should be over the counter. I am on the fire department and we answer calls to these meth labs, it is dangerous but let me tell you something, if meth heads are going to make it they will find something else to substitute for the pseudoephedrine. It seems like the government officials are trying to screw us anyway possible!!!!
  • by Amanda Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    Get rid of food stamps. It causes obesity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by anonymus Location: decatur on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    they will never fix drug problem as there are too many "hands in the cookie jar" jus makes it harder on poor people with no health insurance. they continue to whatever they want regardless of who pays the price. if you remember who sheriff started out with in law enforcement, you will know how he affords 750,000 house!!! but also remember, he was voted in.
  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Now when i get sick i will just have to go buy meth its going to be cheaper.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Cocaine is illegal, you can't even get it with a prescription. This doesn't stop people from making crack. This law will only hurt the people who legitimately buy the medicine for its purpose. If I need any, I will just go buy it in Alabama or Louisiana. Mississippi Congress just driving more business away from the state.
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:54 PM
    I can honestly say that law makers in this state have proven that they are incompetent. It also shows that law enforcement has no clue how to handle the situation. If the pseudoephedrine is already behind the counter and they still get it, then what is going to stop people from making meth from getting it when a prescription is required? Answer me that. You have to sign for it, it has to come from behind the counter, and it is tracked. What is the problem. I say that we need to make alcohol a prescription drug. More people die everyday from alcohol related issues then from meth. When are we going to outlaw alcohol again. The people who proposed this idea are truly myopic and just plain dumb. They have reinforced the stereotype that the rest of the country has...welcome to Mississippi set your clock back 100 years and lower your IQ by 100 points.
  • by itsabouttime on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:14 PM
  • by John Location: Meridian on Jan 27, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    The only people to blame for this are those that make methamphetamine. To suggest that there is some grand scheme being hatched by the pharmaceutical companies or physicians is just plain paranoia. If anything, this will only hurt sales of the medication. There is already a shortage of doctors and most are too busy already. This is why you often have to wait at a doctors office (no, it's not because they are on the golf course, or eating lunch, or singling you out). Physicians really don't want to see a bunch of people belly-aching about their stuffy noses. And as shocking as it may seem, they don't make a dime off the prescriptions that they write for you.
  • by william Location: Conehatta, ms on Jan 27, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    IT's a shame have to go to Dr. to get this for a cold and have to lose 200 dollars for 6 dollar med. Stop the cops from sellin drugs, we have no problem, How can sherriff afford a 750,000.00 house on his pay??? when he went into office just filed bank rub,?????
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