Governor Behind Meth Bill Targeting Cold Meds

(Oklahoma City-AP) – Gov. Henry will urge lawmakers on Wednesday to prioritize a bill that would make a prime ingredient in methamphetamine available only through pharmacists.

A state Senate committee approved House Bill 2176 yesterday. The measure would make require customers to provide photo identification and a signature to buy pseudoephedrine.

Customers would not need a prescription to buy the nasal decongestant drug that is also used to make meth.

Henry says the bill could significantly reduce the number of clandestine meth labs in the state. The governor and criminal justice officials will discuss the bill at a news conference Wednesday.