ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Are lax laws making the City of St. Louis a meth-makers Mecca? A St. Louis Alderman thinks so.
A year after Alderman Jennifer Florida’s prescription only bill for pseudoephedrine died in committee, she is calling on Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Sam Dotson and the city counselor’s office to convene a task force on how to fight meth.
“We need to put together a task force to recognize one that meth is creating a problem in the city of St. Louis and two that we are becoming a problem to the surrounding counties,” she said.
But not everyone is on board with Flordia’s plan.
The executive director of the local chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, Joy Krieger, told KMOX there has got to be at better way to eliminate meth in St. Louis that doesn’t hurt asthma and allergy patients.
“We do realize that meth is a big problem. We are not at all escaping that,” she said. “But just like any drug addiction out there we think there are other ways to deal with it.”
Joy warns that if pseudoephedrine is made a prescription medication the thousands who suffer in St. Louis would have to pay a lot more for the same drug. “They will have to make an appointment to see the doctor, they will have to pay a copay to see their physician, then there will probably be a surcharge for when the medication become prescription only.”
Other groups opposing this move include the Missouri Pharmacy Association, the Missouri Retailers Association and AARP in Missouri.
Seventy communities across Missouri have prescription only laws for psuedoephedrine making St. Louis as an easy place to buy the key ingredient needed to make meth.