Law enforcement officials support pseudoephedrine plan

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Leaders with the Kentucky Medical Association are endorsing a plan to require folks to have a prescription when they buy cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

Some officers say they fully support this proposal.

They think it could dramatically decrease the number of meth lab busts.

Some of the medicines could be considered common household items, but those with the Kentucky Medical Association want people to take another step when it comes to getting their meds containing pseudoephedrine.

Officers say, that's just fine because it could help fight the drug problem.

“They got to have pseudoephedrine to make the meth. Any restrictions that they can put on it to help people obtain it would be good,” Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said.

“Anything to help reduce meth labs is a fantastic thing,” Trooper Walt Meachum said.

Currently medications containing pseudoephedrine are kept behind pharmacy counters. The identities of people that purchase the medication are recorded in an electronic log.

Officers say while this measure has helped, it has not done enough.

Critics argue that this is a hassle for people that just need the medicine.

But officers say the extra time it might take is worth it.

In the meantime officers say they are doing all that they can to control the growing problem.

Officials with the Kentucky Medical Association say they will be pushing law makers on this proposal in the next legislative session.

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