WILDWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – This west St. Louis County community is one step closer to requiring a prescription for cold medicines used to make the drug methamphetamine.
Cold and sinus pills containing the decongestant Pseudoephedrine would require a doctor’s permission to obtain, under a measure given tentative approval by City Council members on Monday night.
“We have neighbors to our west, to our south, who’ve all done the same,” Mayor Tim Woerther explains. “They’ve seen some promising results, in terms of the reduction of meth production and meth related crime.”
About 30 Missouri cities have adopted similar ordinances. The state already requires Pseudoephedrine to be stationed behind the counter, and for customers to log their purchases in a statewide database.
Woerther says his biggest concern is that meth labs are now being busted in automobiles more than homes.
A final vote on the measure will come next week.
Medications which do not contain Pseudoephedrine would continue to be available over-the-counter at the city’s three pharmacies.
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