Kentucky lawmaker proposes different option to curb meth

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State Rep. Brent Yonts is offering a fresh proposal to fight meth in Kentucky, where lawmakers have been in a stalemate over whether to make cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine available only by prescription.

Yonts has scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference to unveil his proposal that would prevent people with drug convictions from buying medications containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth.

Lawmakers have been debating over the past year whether to restrict sales of certain cold and allergy medications to people with prescriptions. That proposal didn't garner enough support to pass in last year's legislative session, but is expected to be considered again when lawmakers convene in January.

Yonts proposal would create a meth offender registry. No one on that registry could legally purchase medications containing pseudoephedrine.

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