St. Louis County Cold Pill Sales Up Thanks to Meth Cookers

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) __ Now that some eastern Missouri towns and even counties require prescriptions to purchase pseudoephedrine, meth makers are increasingly showing up to buy pills in St. Louis County, where no such ban exists.

A report out Tuesday morning says cold and allergy medicines containing the key methamphetamine ingredient have tripled at some St. Louis County stores in recent months as towns and counties are increasingly cracking down in an effort to stop meth.

Franklin County narcotics officer Jason Grellner says in some cases, meth makers are driving busloads of people to St. Louis County to pill shop. He is proposing a statewide prescription law.  But some say a statewide ban would go too far and penalize law-abiding citizens because of the actions of a few.

Copyright  by The Associated Press


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