Pseudoephedrine Bill Headed to Governor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi is poised to become only the second state in the nation to require a doctor's prescription for cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in the illicit drug methamphetamine.

The Senate Tuesday sent to the governor a bill that supporters say is designed to curtail the state's escalating meth activity. The House earlier passed the bill.

Gov. Haley Barbour has said he supports the legislation. Oregon passed a similar law in 2006.

Drug manufacturers had been pushing lawmakers to pass a real-time tracking system instead of the prescription bill.

Representatives of the industry have said the prescription bill will likely lead to meth addicts and cooks crossing state lines to get the drug.

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  • by JANE Location: MS on Feb 7, 2010 at 10:06 PM
    Do they really think this is going to stop the meth problem? Doctors in MS hand out Rx's for pain pills like they were candy. The abuse of Rx's drugs here is out of control. The meth heads will get the Rx's for pseudoephedrine just as easy as the pain pills. The only people who will suffer will be the honest people who really need to take these cold meds. Trip to the Dr., gas, co-pays, etc.....RIDUCULOUS!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    I say when all these people go for re-election no one needs to vote for them! I have a $50 co-pay for a doctors visit so it is gonna cost me $60 to $70 to get meds for a sinus infection! The Meth people are not buying it from the pharmacy they are buying it at the stores that carry it! Make it only availible from the pharmacy. These people will get what they need no matter where or how, so the only people hurting is the ones who are working and who put these idiots in office to cost us more money because I'm sure we are paying for their insurance and their meds so it is not a big deal for them!
  • by Elizabeth Location: Lauderdale county on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    I think this is ridiculous!! Our country is in a recession, MS is the poorest state in the union and you are asking us to pay more. Now sure thinking this will prevent meth is in theory a good idea...but last time I looked MS did not have a fence or border patrol to check incoming traffic for cold and sinus medicine. It now will not only cost me 6$ but will cost an additional 50$-75$ for the Dr visit. My husband works for the City of Meridian and last I checked he is not getting any raises anytime soon. So when it comes to my health where do you suggest I get the money from on a budget that is already stretched. Not only is MS the poorest and the fattest but now the sickest because we can not afford to take care of ourselves! Where is your logic or is it just ignorance! The state with the highest meth labs are not doing this so why are we? I know something needs to be done to protect our familys but more thought needs to be put into the solution as not to burden honest people!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    Folks, you need to realize that your legislature is exerting power that you gave it, against your wishes knowing full well the majority of the people don't want this. A poll was conducted that showed over 2/3 of the people were against this. But they rushed it through anyway. This is just like Congress has done with the "Stimulus" and are trying to do with "healthcare". If you speak against this, something is wrong with you. You are presumed to be stupid and hate cops and kids. Folks, for intelligent people that should be a red flag. Sure, meth is a problem. But the best way to stop it is with e-tracking. So what about the fake ID. You can present a fake ID to a doctor and get a prescription. Ever paid cash for a doctor's visit? No ID required. Thanks Jackson, enslave the majority of the people to make yourself feel powerful. Interesting that the legislature and governor have insurance. Probably have a Dr. friend to get a script from, too. Poor average citizen. Sucker!
  • by BobT Location: Clarke County on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:19 PM
    NO THIS IS NOT NECCESSARY!!!! The rest of us who are just getting by cant afford to go see a Dr. every time we get a little under the weather. However we HAVE to work for a living. The junk left on the shelves at the pharmacy is useless. Some of us dont have connections or doctors in our back pockets! "We dont get to take off and go play golf!" This ridiculous action taken by lawmakers is just one more way of making it hard for the common man. Thanks guys!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    Drug dealers will drive across the entire country and to other countries to get what they need or sale their product. Why else do we have so many drug busts on our interstates. Even if AL passes the same law, it is not going to stop them. I feel that anyone who believes this is going to curb meth dealers in MS is living in the Garden of Eden.
  • by seadog Location: Lauderdale County on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    Just like most things, you have to start somewhere. If you are one of those people who think that it is a hassle because some people do this and make it harder for you, my suggestion to you is: GO BACK TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN. maybe there your world will be perfect....
  • by David Location: Meridian on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:18 AM
    Do you really think that anyone out there cooking meth will go "oh well we need a pescription for the pseudoephedrine guess I'll stop my life of crime and get a real job" no there are going to start robbing pharmacies or get some patsy to do it for them.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:58 PM
    Oh yea, I'll definitely be going to AL along with the other people. "We need people to start spending money in Meridian".....Good way to get started, eh?.......
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    I agree. Meth cookers will just go to AL, get what they need and come back to "good ol' mississippi" to do what they do best while we law abiding citizens are left to deal with more ridiculous health care nonsense
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