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One lawmaker wants to limit cold medication use to curb methamphetamine production

March 14, 2001
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

The amount of cold medication you can buy in the state of Missouri might be limited...to stop Meth production. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

A Missouri Senate bill would restrict the amount of over-the-counter cold medication you can buy because it contains ephederine, a crucial ingredient in Methamphetamine. The limit would be three packages at a time. David Ryan a St. Louis police detective says that he has frequently stopped people buying large amounts of cold medication.

Actuality:Ryan
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OutCue: needs 5,000 cold pills.
Contents: It's very common for us to stop cars in parking lots at retail outlets and get 5,000 pills. No normal person needs 5,000 cold pills.

Under this bill, retailers would be required to report unusual transactions of cold medication to local law enforcement. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.

One Missouri lawmaker wants to stop Meth production by limiting the amount of cold medication you can buy. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

St. Louis Sentor Anita Yeckel is proposing a bill in the Missouri Senate, limiting the amount of over-the-counter cold medication sold, to three packets per time. Cold medication is targeted because it contains ephederine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine production. Nancy Bukar with the Consumer Health Care Products Association says this bill would help curb meth production.

Actuality:Nancy Bukar
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OutCue: you'll be able to do it.
Contents: What you want to do is stop the product at the source and by requiring suspicious order reporting you'll be able to do it.

The bill would make retailers report suspicious cold care transactions to local police. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.