New Law Takes Effect July 1

Starting July 1, a doctor's prescription will be required to obtain medications that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine.

The change was made in an effort to thwart the production of crystal methamphetamine, an illegal drug, which uses it as an ingredient.

But state officials also say it's a way to curb costs.

"This will affect most over-the-counter medications with a 'D' on it," said Dr. Olu Ransome-Kuti of greater Meridian Health Clinic. "So, you can still get alternatives without the 'D' that will probably work just as well."

State lawmakers say the reason for the new law is to try to eliminate the manufacturing and use of this illegal drug.

"In other states that have implemented this law, there has been a tremendous reduction in the number of meth labs and in the number of people that participate in this illegal activity," said state Rep. Wilbert Jones, of District 82. "It costs states millions of dollars to go in and to clean a meth lab at a house."

Although the new law allows the purchase of medications that contain pseudoephedrine and ephedrine with a prescription, it also has a limit in place in terms of how much of this medication a person can receive.

"It is going to be a schedule III non-narcotic medication, which is the same schedule as like Lortab, pain medication, even though Lortab isn't a narcotic," said Ashley Greenway, a pharmacist for Mr Discount Drugs. "it will be scheduled so you'll only be able to get a certain amount for a certain number of days."

The new law takes effect July 1st.


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  • by Need to be informed Location: Where it counts on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM
    Can't believe that you believe politicians are making money by pulling Rx from shelves. It would behoove the pol & the Pharm companies to keep the customers happy, but they are more concerned about keeping it out of the hands of the meth lab makers!
  • by Which way do you want it? Location: Barksdale AFB on Jul 2, 2010 at 09:56 PM
    Where's the comments since the major meth lab bust in the county with 2 children involced???
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 at 11:53 PM
    Who's your daddy now? LOL....
  • by Texan wildcat Location: Tyler TX on Jun 28, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    It is not bogus. Look at how many people are in our county jails & state prisons. The tobacco industry only affects the people who SMOKE. The meth industry affects the community, county & state. It's not only putting "the bad guys" away, it's saving lives like doesn't affect me at all is saying. It keeps people from killing, robbing, etc. The thing that's keeping the HEALTH CARE rising is the people who DON'T have insurance & do NOT intend to get it & the NEW law about it that will INSIST that you have it & MAKE you pay for it. The joke is on the people who support your kind of thinking. Stop welfare, subsidies & assistance programs which is sucking America dry. Politicians have always had money. They had to have lots of it to get elected you just don't see it until they do. And, it IS both parties. ANON 10:25, they do that on anything, anywhere, on just everybody. It's been coming & it's going to get worse. I guarantee it.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    It is just another attempt by the Mississippi Politicians to try to make themselves look good. If they really want to look good, let them pass laws making the Poisonous Tobacco products illegal??? This is what's causing our Health Care Cost to skyrocket and killing millions and causing hundreds of millions in illnesses. Instead of stopping the what causes these illnesses, the politicians welcome the money from these Tobacco companies to put them in power.. Do something for the people for a change.... All of the other States have to pass the same kinds of laws thing for this to be affected.. Just a joke so for...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2010 at 08:25 PM
    Let the government take care of you. The greater good? You been studying Karl Marx? This is bogus. Go to any major drug store and you must produce an ID. Most scan your drivers license and enter you into a system, like in AL. The legislature pushed this one down you MS. Jackson runs you like it or not.
  • by doesn't affect me at all on Jun 26, 2010 at 07:57 PM
    dumb, it doesn't affect me at all, go ahead & go to Butler, who cares anyway. The one statement I did make & will stand by is "...anything that will make it harder for them to get it will one up for us all." Besides, going to Butler is not an option for everybody...! This is statewide, you do know that, right? About the home remedies, give it a whirl. You'd be surprised what your grandmother knew & what worked for centuries before Wal Mart Pharmacy. Do you all mean you wouldn't sacrifice a little inconvenience for the greater good on the war on drugs? What if you are the one who is being targeted by the meth user for home invasion, simple assault or worse - murder? If you really stop & think, it could save a life or keep someone from becoming a user. Just my opinion.
  • by dumb Location: butler al on Jun 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    why is that gonna stop anything in meridian because Butler is 35 miles away.
  • by doesn't affect me at all on Jun 25, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    I rarely agree with Guy, but in this instance I do. I have seen the instances where they go to all lengths to get this medication & yes, even behind-the-counter is not working. And, yes, I had to sign my life away when I was at death's door in Memphis & didn't have my regular home remedies with me. But I have seen how they manipulate people to get them to get it for them, how they steal IDs or make fake IDs to get it. The meth problem is really bigger than you could possibly imagine & anything that will make it harder for them to get it will one up for us all. You can still get lots of OTC for nasal decongestant or when you do see your doctor ask him/her for a 6 mos Rx script. Besides the Rx script that they give you are stronger & work better than the behind-the-counter ones anyway. I am almost continually congested & have lots of allergies. But I only see my dr q 6 mos & have the 6 mos Rx script. Try it. Most dr are willing & accommodative. Have you tried all the old home remedies?
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Jun 25, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    Hey Sue... you do realize this substance is NOT a pain reliever... right?
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