Whitley County pharmacy requires prescription for pseudoephedrine

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

One local pharmacist is taking extra steps to fight the meth problem.

The Corner Prescription Shoppe in Whitley County now requires a doctor's prescription for all over the counter pseudoephedrine products.

Pharmacist Michael Bordes has worked at the Corner Prescription Shoppe for 30 years and in that time, he has watched the local meth problem grow.

"It's unbelievable how it's grown in the last decade. I've got all kinds of kids I've known throughout the years, death, car wrecks, killed, you know everything because of meth," said Bordes.

Several years ago before it was even law, he put all Sudafed and other medicine with pseudoephedrine behind the counter.

"We would have one person come in, and when they found out we had it, we'd have 20 that same night, some would have rotted teeth and weigh 90 pounds," said Bordes.

So, he took it one step further and now requires a doctor's prescription for pseudoephedrine.

"I made an ethical decision," he said.

Bordes says it did affect his business some at the beginning but not enough to regret the decision.

"We're supposed to do no harm, that's our creed. I'm not going to sell something to make meth out of it," he said.

Sheriff Colan Harrell says efforts like this make a difference. Harrell says last year, the county had around 40 meth labs. So far this year, there have had less than one dozen meth labs.

"It takes a community to help out. They have. It's appreciative," said Sheriff Harrell.

The Sheriff says the goal is zero meth labs in Whitley County.

Bordes says he will help patients who do need pseudoephedrine for an illness. He will call their doctor to get a prescription or will send them to another store that can sell it to them.

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