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City officials mulling pseudoephedrine law

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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A proposed Sikeston ordinance would require a prescription to purchase medicines containing pseudoephedrine, such as what is pictured above.
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SIKESTON -- City officials are contemplating a measure that will make it harder to get essential methamphetamine ingredients in the hands of drug manufacturers.

"Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient and meth cooks have to have it," Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, said in a recent news release. "We have a responsibility to keep this from those who want to use it for manufacturing methamphetamine."

Bill 5812, which would require a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine, is scheduled for its first reading and council discussion at Monday's work session. A second reading is tentatively set for the regular City Council meeting at 5 p.m. April 5, said Linda Lowes, director of governmental services for the city.

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