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General Assembly considering ban of some over the counter cold meds

“All you have to do is a few basic steps, to change psuedofedrine to meth,” said a state police undercover detective to Kentucky lawmakers Thursday.

It was part of the testimony from some who want to stop the sale of many over the counter cold meds.

Legislation was discussed in a House Health and Welfare Committee as a way to curb meth production in Kentucky.

Sheriff Gus Skinner of McCreary County says he’s seen meth destroy lives and make children homeless. And it’s even affected his own health.

“I was in one (meth lab)..permanent sinus damage, because of fumes,” Skinner said.

But some argue the sale of cold meds, or stopping them, isn’t the answer. The Consumer Healthcare Organization says allowing prescription only sales will only hurt law abiding citizens.

But bill sponsor Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, says the legislation doesn’t target all kinds of cold medication, mainly just tablets. She says you would still be able to buy gel caps without a prescription.

Many police gathered to discuss the bill say they’re for it. But some are not.

“If the drugs are prescriptionized, the limits we have in place, that have been successful..go away,” said Sheriff Keith Cain of Daviess County.

Lawmakers did recently vote to limit the sale of cold meds…but now some of them say it wasn’t enough.

“The only way I know to fix it is to make it by prescription…like Oregon has,” said Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

No vote was taken on the issue, as it was listed on the committee agenda for discussion purposes only.


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