January 28, 2010 4:26:00 PM
JACKSON -- The Mississippi House has approved a bill to require a doctor''s prescription to purchase cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.
The measure was passed 105-15 after lengthy debate that included some lawmakers discussing how the escalating meth problem had impacted their families.
Under the bill, consumers would need a doctor''s prescription to buy Sudafed and other medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a decongestant.
Supporters say the measure will curtail meth production by limiting accessibility to the main ingredient. Opponents have said the change would be burdensome. They also contend that meth addicts will simply travel across state lines to buy the cold medicine.
Rhoda Wright commented at 1/28/2010 6:45:00 PM:
Are you kidding me? It's not like we don't already have trouble regulating lawbreakers that deal in narcotic prescriptions for pete's sake. These creeps have already managed to make life more difficult and expensive for law abiding citizens who just need to be able to breathe. It's bad enough that I am already put into a data base every time I purchase pseudoephedrine. Now they're talking about making me have to go pay 10 times the cost of the medicine just to get a stupid prescription. Where does it end?
DEJ commented at 1/28/2010 11:57:00 PM:
Pseudoephedrine is not the only decongestant on the market. If it keeps a meth lab from operating next door or up the street I'm happy with it. I saw in one article that the meth lab stats dropped by 96% in one state that passed this law. That's good enough for me.. bring it on
JD commented at 1/29/2010 8:54:00 AM:
Once again, innocent people are punished and burdened rather than the criminals.
I already have to wait in line at a pharmacy counter. Present my ID. Agree to a paragraph of legal jumbo. Sign my name. All just so I can buy a simple sinus pill.
The "PE" over the counter sinus pills on the market now are worthless. So to get an inexpensive decongestant that works (pseudoephedrine), I will NOW have to go through the trouble of getting a prescription also?!? More cost. Much more trouble. It is a troublesome plan and it will not stop a meth-head.
JC commented at 1/29/2010 9:18:00 AM:
Harder to by Sudafed than it is to buy a gun. Fortunately, criminals don't use guns.
sd commented at 1/29/2010 9:48:00 AM:
Oh come on JD. Is it fair? Certainly not. Will it reduce the number of meth-addicts and producers driving into MS to buy cold medicine? Yes. Will it help curb the creation of meth in MS? Hopefully. Meth labs not only hurt those who are addicts, but they are dangerous for neighbors, children, and communities in general. If that means waiting at the pharmacy a little longer to get cold medicine...I'm all for it.
Kay Boyd commented at 1/29/2010 12:29:00 PM:
What do you expect from idiots who want to ban the sale of novelty cigarette lighters?? Maybe that they don't have anything important to do?? The Feds already require you to sign your life away to purchase medicine containing pseudoephedrine--you have to show your DL & sign for it. It is no longer on shelves, but behind the counter.They are ALL idiots--should go home & stay!
Kay Boyd commented at 1/29/2010 12:37:00 PM:
One good thing about requiring a doctor's RX--insurance company could cover most of the cost. When FDA clears a drug from doctor's RX, the cost is much higher for the buyer.
sassy commented at 1/29/2010 11:36:00 PM:
Those of you that don't agree with tougher restrictions on the purchase of the medications must have never been on a grand jury. I recently was and really had my eyes opened to just how prevalent meth manufacturing is in this area, and who is doing it. Any laws that are passed to make it harder to get involved with this POISON are beneficial to all of us. You'd be horrified, disgusted, and scared at some of the cases.
gotta do something commented at 2/1/2010 8:42:00 AM:
I agree that it will be a major inconvenience to those of us who suffer from "the crud" several times throughout the year. However, the time has come where something must be done to curtail the thugs who make this stuff.
If it is not here to buy/steal, maybe these losers would GO AWAY! One thing is for certain, if this does pass, arrest reports should decrease drastically. I don't know the stats, but would be willing to bet that over half of the weekly arrests are related to some sort of drug activity with meth topping the list.
As far as having to get a prescription is concerned, I don't mind going to the doctor. It doesn't involve repeated visits. That's what refills are for.
sotired commented at 2/1/2010 6:38:00 PM:
What's the penalty for manufacturing meth, whether to sale or use? Was stiffening the penalties (more jail time) not an option? Instead, burden the innocent even more by having them take time off from work, to go to the doctor, to pay more money(to see the doctor), to get a prescription, for COLD medicine. It's hard enough to make a decent living in Mississippi!
TP commented at 2/14/2010 9:54:00 PM:
The criminal activities of a few are punishing the majority -- those of us who are decent, law-abiding citizens just living life! I have inadequate insurance and will not be able to incur the extra expense of a doctor for a common cold. Plus, the pharmacies will probably increase the costs of these drugs. Very sad situatin. When will the good guys win?
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