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How Much Cold Medicine Should You Be Allowed To Buy

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A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York
A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York

The Indiana House will consider stricter limits on purchases of cold and allergy pills that can be used to make meth. Officials from Evansville, Muncie, Terre Haute and other cities told the House criminal code committee about problems tied to meth production, including explosions and chemical spills caused by meth cookers.

They argued for requiring people to have a doctor's prescription to buy pseudoephedrine-based products, which are often used to make meth. Opponents said it would be unfair to force law-abiding people to pay for more doctor visits and likely higher drug costs. Indiana is on of the states at the center of the national meth epidemic.

The Hoosier state was third in the nation in meth lab seizures last year, with 1,429. The bill unanimously approved by the House committee would allow a consumer to buy up to 61 grams a year of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

The proposal also would require all stores selling medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to use a computerized system to track sales.

The bill, approved last month by the state Senate, now goes to the full House for consideration.

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