Common cold medicine could soon require a prescription

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The war on drugs may soon be fought at the doctor's office. A group of Kentucky law enforcers say prescriptions could curb the manufacturing of meth.

One of the key ingredients to make meth is pseudoephedrine... found in over the counter cold medicine.

When law makers found the common thread they took steps to make the drugs harder to get. Purchases of the medicine is tracked online.

The pharmacists at C and C pharmacy in Lexington says it seems to be working.

"We've had it happen where we denied someone," says pharmacist Chris Palutis.

But the Kentucky Narcotics Officers' Association says more can be done, like requiring a prescription to buy medicine like sudafed. An idea Chris Palutis says has pros and cons.

He says a doctor's visit may stop some from getting the drugs, but once they get a prescription...

"Who knows how much the prescription will be for, they may be able to buy more than with system already in place today."

What about patients who actually need the medicine? The idea implies a doctor's visit before going to the pharmacy... a costly and time consuming proposition.

Palutis says, "it's going to be frustrating to the patient who takes medicine once or twice a year because of a cold."

Palutis doesn't want to dismiss the idea of prescription's entirely saying the meth problem is one that needs to get under control.

"Much more debate has to be had before a final decision," says Palutis.

Some states like Oregon have required a prescription for cold medicine for the past three years and have a seen meth labs drop from 200 to 50 in that same time period.

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