FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill aimed at
curbing the spread of methamphetamine by blocking some drug
offenders from purchasing cold medicines commonly used in making
Those medicines contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are
an essential ingredient in making the illicit drug.
The measure that passed 38-0 on Wednesday would bar drug
offenders from purchasing the medicines for five years.
Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee passed a similar bill
on Wednesday that would reduce the amount of cold medicines
containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanaolamine from
9 grams per month to 7.5 grams. The Senate bill contains a similar
The legislation is Senate Bill 211 and House Bill 478.
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